Equitainment Newsletter - 30 June 2012
30 Jun 2012
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I just managed to grab a copy of the multi-award winning BUCK documentary and watch it for the first time and boy, it was worth the wait.I'm always a bit worried about the miracle horse handlers, as so often they seem to put novice or amateur horse people in potentially dangerous situations, adamantly assuring them they can cope. Thank heavens BUCK BRANNAMAN wasn't like that.
He told one woman in no uncertain terms how silly she was and to get rid of her dangerous horse. What BRILLIANT advice! I also LOVED the horse in the beginning who loaded himself calmly into the trailer. How cool was that !!!
In case you're not familar with Buck Brannaman, he is the real life character both the book and movie versions of "The Horse Whisperer" was based on. There are some great comments from both Nicholas Evans (writer) and Robert Redford (director/producer) throughout the doco, shedding some new light on how they achieved those magic moments in the film.
A very quiet, unassuming man, Buck doesn't say a lot, but when he does we all should really take notice.
“Solutions to problems often come from knowing when to ask for help.”
“Discipline isn't a dirty word. Far from it. Discipline is the one thing that separates us from chaos and anarchy. Discipline implies timing. It's the precursor to good behavior, and it never comes from bad behavior. People who associate discipline with punishment are wrong: with discipline, punishment is unnecessary.”
"I help horses with problem people, not people with problem horses"
One thing I do have to say though is, please don't get on unbroken, young horses without a helmet. Cowboy hats might look cool, but helmets are MUCH cooler.
BUCK - DOCUMENTARY DVD
THE HORSE WHISPERER - MOVIE DVD
THE HORSE WHISPERER - USED ADULT FICTION
The French really seem to making quite a mark in producing great horse movies in recent times. I commented a few weeks ago about the new movie in production based on the true life story of the international showjumping legend JAPPELOUP. Now another has just been release, MA BONNE ETOILE.
I also finally got around to watching FLICKA 3 this week. It's been selling so quickly, I haven't had a spare copy to watch before they were all shipped out, so I kept on missing out. It was however well worth the wait ... the best Flicka movie yet.But I do have one question. How on earth did those girls keep such great hair after riding? Despite hours of training, jumping, racing, washing and grooming, there was never a sign of hat-hair or red, shiny faces. I've no idea how they managed that. I always look like a glowing pumpkin with the worst hat-hair in history. They looked like they were straight out of shampoo commercials ... and they never got dirty at a show either!
Also, how did they manage to plait Flicka's beautiful flowing tresses into such tiny plaits for the dressage? They didn't pull her mane, because it was long and flowing for both the cross-country and showjumping rounds. Dare I say it .... hair extensions???
Thunderhead, Flicka's son made an appearance at the end of the film and Toby made a cryptic remark about what's still to come, so I'd say there will be a Flicka 4 sometime in the future. They really are terrific movies and I can't wait.
PS The blurb from the publisher says that Kelly's mum was disapproving (no she wasn't she was really excited) and that Kelly hopes to break Flicka for an upcoming competition, even though she had been ridden in various events in the two earlier movies. Did they not watch the movie before they decided to describe it to us? Geeeez ...
My Friend Flicka - Oringinal 1943 Version
Flicka - 2006 movie
Flicka 2: Friends Forever - 2010 movie
Flicka 1 and 2 movie double set
FLICKA 3: BEST FRIENDS - 2012 MOVIE
A Water Board Inspector pulls in at a rural property on the Murrumbidgee and stops to talk with an old stockman. He tells the stockman “I need to inspect your property to assess your water allocation." The old stockman says, "No worries, but don't go in that paddock over there.”