Thursday, November 3, 2011

The scene that always gets me

Each time I watch the movie "Buck," I learn something new or notice something that I missed previously. 
But no matter how many times I watch it, this is the image that leaves a lump in my throat.

A still shot can't capture the heartbreak or disappointment in Buck's walk.
I think that the scene epitomizes a horseman who believes that the horse is never wrong. 
If you've seen the film, you've heard Buck explain that, in this instance, a human has failed the horse. 
I would be inclined to wring this human's neck. Buck is more sensitive and understanding of the human's failings, 
which makes him a far better person than I.

Anyway, my other takeaways from watching "Buck" this time are thus:

I need to get my chinks modified with these handy-dandy clips. 
I can't believe how much time I've wasted buckling buckles.


Any man who likes pepper this much is my kind of guy.
 

And the hauntingly beautiful song that rolls over the credits is Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe," which is finally on my iPod.


"Live in the now. You can't live in two places at once." ~ Buck Brannaman


28 comments:

  1. As long as it's fresh ground pepper.....

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  2. I bought the documentary and loved it. I feel as though this man has a lot of wise words...both on and horses and humans. I was appalled at the lady who clearly failed her horse, yet he still found it in himself to try to understand...

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  3. I will definitely have to see that movie. Hope it comes on TV.

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  4. I must watch that. Live in the now is something we hopefully learn from being with our animals. They don't project ahead like we do. Although sometimes I think my Aussie does....she's scary smart.

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  5. Anne Boleyn11/3/11, 6:27 AM

    "Buck" is truly a compelling movie. I believe everyone should see it and celebrate this man's place in the world after suffering at the hand of his own father.
    The message:choose love and compassion.

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  6. I haven't watched the movie yet... I will hopefully do this some cold winter night. (Horse Whisperer too) We will all make mistakes with our horses, but I guess the key is to learn from them and don't blame the horse (although, a few horses are beyond help as they are truly touched in the head)

    And I do love that last quote!

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  7. Nancy in NC11/3/11, 6:38 AM

    We loved that movie! Hate he went thru all that he did, but he's the man he is because of it. Loved it!

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  8. omg! i was screaming at the tv...why didn't he shake some sense into that woman. she clearly didn't get it because she was so blase about the rest of her horses that are most likely headed in the same direction! you are right, he is a better man than me...so to speak.

    the movie is on instant view if anybody out there still has netflix.

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  9. I'm with you, I keep watching it over and over and everytime find something new. Such a wise man for his age, but look at all he has been through. One thing on my Bucket List is to ride just once more in one of his clinics. Mary is one lucky lady. Oh! by the way great job on opening the gate with Lucy...things must really be coming together for the two of you. GREAT Hugs to all

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  10. I can't believe I've never heard 'Breathe' before...just heard it at Utube...incredible !!

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  11. At your recommendation, I went to see this movie when it came out. I'm a weeper anyway, but this film got me. The inner strength and conviction of this man is amazing. The grace with which he "goes through life" is more than just a model for a horseman, but for any person wanting to be a better human. Thanks for recommendation.

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  12. Can't wait to see the movie! Buck is a kindred spirit to my beloved yoga teacher, Bea, who has reminded me for 10 years now to "live in the moment" and "just breathe." There is a reason these wonderful souls come into our lives.

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  13. I had to rent the movie and so glad I did! When that yellow horse came up on that man, I gasped ... so quick and so unexpected, it was frightening. The story of Buck was difficult to watch, but what a blessing that his gym teacher and/or coach saw the bruises and acted to get Buck and his brother away from their Dad! Some parents are worthless, some horse owners are worthless!

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  14. It's an amazing film. I hope I find the DVD in my Christmas stocking this year.

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  15. I agree totally with you about that first picture. It just crushes me. I had the good fortune to watch a clinic of his this past weekend. What a fantastic man and horseman. I hope to be able to ride in a clinic some day.

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  16. Oh yeah, that song Breathe is one of my all time favorites. Check out the soundtrack to the movie "Into the Wild". It has a lot of beautuful songs by the same artist, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. It is one of his solo albums.

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  17. So true. That first pic got me too. It's very discouraging sometimes, horses and people. The movie gave me a lot to think about, and I've watched it 3 times now on Netflix.
    I still don't know what to do with my orphaned problem horse, but I'm sure glad I don't have anything like that stallion. I really think gelding that horse would have gone a LONG way towards changing his attitude.
    Great movie, simply for the fact that I can't stop thinking about it. The part with his wife and her dogs made us all laugh. When he said "My wife loves her dogs and I love my wife" Wade turned to me, smiled and said "Yep" lol.

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  18. Have been a fan of Buck for years and I was so impressed with the quality of this documentary! I think everyone will love this movie and I share on my FB quite often, it is now available on Netflix on demand!
    Like you I plan on watching it over and over.

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  19. This looks like a movie I need to check out. I love the Pearl Jam song, thanks for introducing it to me :).

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  20. That is one fantastic movie; loved the same scenes you pictured, they say so much! However, I think the biggest thing you can take away with you from either the movie, or his book "The Faraway Horses", is that no matter your past, you have the freedom of choice to make what you want of your life/future. You don't have to be shaped into a bad lifetime due to a bad past. You can learn from it and move on. That's where his sensitivity to the horses comes from. A huge lesson....
    Juanita

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  21. I really loved what he had to say as he walked away---someone asked him why he had been so gentle and he said it never occurred to him to be mad at the horse.

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  22. I was in my local Wal Mart yikes I said it on your blog; cuz I know how much you don't like going there, neither do I. However, in the movie section to buy....guess what I found? Yep I found Buck! And I'm going to purchase it, and most likely shake the TV at the moronic people who fail their horses and take away something beautiful from all of his teachings. I don't have the chance to own horses at this point in my life; though I have in the past and all of my horses were full of character, mischief and personality. They all had their own "vices" thanks to their prior owners who helped them become who they were, but I never had any qualms in riding them. They were all sweet hearts; I miss my warm blood every day, for he was special!

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  23. I knew you were going to do this post and, yet, I still wasn't ready for it. (Dangit, there's something in my eye.)
    I haven't had a movie impact me this powerfully in a long, long time.
    Yes, indeed, there is something for everyone in this movie.

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  24. I think that this movie hits everyone on one level or another.

    I am looking for it to buy, next time I go to Wally world. Which I try to avoid as much as I can, LOL, but this will get me in there!!!

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  25. With all these great recommendations I guess I'll have to go looking for Buck too.

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  26. We just watched it Wed night...and we're going ot watch it again tonight.

    Yes, that woman needed to be throttled (wouldn't have made it so pleasant for her as Buck did)...but did she actually do what she said she was going to do? And, did she go home and have a gelding party for the rest of her studs...??? She should have...and there are thousands of backyard stallions that need to be gelded too.

    Yes snaps...whoever decided buckles were for chinks was totally wrong!!! That's the first thing I did to mine ;~)

    Hmmmmm...my husband made a similar comment about the pepper too!

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  27. I want to see this movie so bad!! and I can't seem to find it anywhere. I don't think it's been released in Canada yet.

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  28. I was totally surprised by the scene with the yellow horse. It's had me thinking for days now. I have to say, Buck is a far better person than I to have been so patient and dare I say forgiving of the woman.

    And yes, when I saw his body language after he loaded the horse onto the trailer, even while he was loading, I could just read every emotion. It about killed me. Makes me wonder how often clinicians have to deal with horses like the yellow one, let alone their owners.

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