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“The biggest challenge in creating the documentary BUCK was taking over 300 hours of footage and cutting it down to 88 minutes,” says filmmaker Cindy Meehl. “We still hear audiences saying they didn't want the film to end they want more Buck!”
Introducing 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, a series of seven videos featuring over 10 hours of instructional footage collected during the making of the award-winning film.
In videos 1 and 2, viewers travel to several Buck Brannaman clinics to learn important groundwork techniques, including: hooking on, leading, halter work, bridling, saddling, backing up, working in circles and half-circles, using the flag, and firming up.
In videos 3 and 4, viewers learn some of Buck's most important lessons when working under saddle, including the all-important release, which teaches a soft feel and allows the horse to attain collection and willingly move off the leg. Additional instruction covers rider form and position, riding serpentines, “getting the life up” (finding animation), perfecting the stop, and backing up.
In videos 5, 6, and 7, Buck shares more lessons on horseback — such as turn-on-the-haunches, transitions, jumping, and finding the feel — as well as ways to solve problems, including crowding, biting, striking, fidgeting, rushing, anxiousness and sensitivity, and bad attitudes. The series ends with Buck's best advice, tips, and ideas about working with, riding, and training horses — sage knowledge imparted with the dry wit that the world has come to expect of one of the finest horsemen of our time.
Buck Brannaman travels extensively throughout the country and the world each year, teaching an approach to training and riding horses that he learned from spending years as a student of the renowned horsemen Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt. His natural horsemanship approach benefits all levels and types of riders, and has inspired and revolutionized the equestrian world. Due to the success of the highly acclaimed 2011 documentary BUCK, a new awareness of his methodology has extended the reach of his wisdom far into the mainstream (brannaman.com).
Cindy Meehl met Buck Brannaman at one of his horsemanship clinics in 2003. She founded Cedar Creek Productions, LLC, in 2008 in order to make the feature documentary film BUCK, which has been hailed by audiences and critics around the world. Meehl lives in Connecticut with her husband, writer Brian Meehl, two daughters, four dogs, and two horses (cedarcreekmedia.com).