About 200 people paid $25 a head to watch horse whisperer Dan “Buck” Brannaman display his unique horse training methods at the Pasadena Rose Bowl equestrian facility on Friday. It was the first day of a four-day clinic in which Brannaman is guiding 25 students, who each paid $600, through the basics of getting to know their horses.
Brannaman was the inspiration for Robert Redford's character in the film “The Horse Whisperer” and was also the subject of the recent documentary “Buck.”
“I want the horse to understand, ‘You yield to me, I never yield to you,'” said Brannaman, whose techniques involve gentle tapping or swatting of the horse with a rope or flag. “You might realize today, maybe for the first time, you've been your horse's doormat for a while.”
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