Whis­pers of wis­dom for all

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THEY say Buck Bran­na­man helps peo­ple with their horse prob­lems.

How­ever, the man him­self sees his job in a dif­fer­ent light en­tirely.

‘‘ I help horses with their peo­ple prob­lems,’’ he says.

Once you wit­ness Buck ( pic­tured) in ac­tion in this ab­sorb­ing doc­u­men­tary that car­ries his name, you will not doubt his state­ment for a mo­ment.

Though cred­ited by ac­tor- film­maker Robert Red­ford as a pow­er­ful in­flu­ence upon his movie adap­ta­tion of The Horse Whis­perer, there is more to Buck Bran­na­man than just a mys­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing of all things equine.

In his own quiet, unas­sum­ing way, Buck is teach­ing a bet­ter way of life to any­one who might be look­ing for same.

This might sound like a pile of touchy- feely tosh. How­ever, once you get to know Buck, his home­spun phi­los­o­phy – borne out of a trag­i­cally un­happy child­hood – makes per­fectly per­sua­sive sense.

While the film might come across as lit­tle soft- serve for hard­line doco buffs, ev­ery­one will feel bet­ter for this qual­ity time spent in the com­pany of Buck Bran­na­man.

If horses could talk – es­pe­cially the wild or frag­ile beasts that im­me­di­ately fall un­der the spell of his calm­ing pres­ence – they would tell you the ex­act same thing.

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