There’s been plenty of buzz lately about the documentary “Buck,” a biography of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman. But North Florida has its own Buck, Trey Young of Crawfordville’s 3Y Ranch.
Like Buck, Trey is a master of Natural Horsemanship, where trainers use calm, gentle interactions to introduce a colt to riding or to remediate problem horses. But as Buck says in the documentary, it’s more often about helping horses with people problems than helping people with horse problems. Forget what you’ve heard about “breaking” horses. When Trey works with a colt that’s never taken a saddle before, it’s all about patience, quiet confidence and a soothing demeanor.
“I don’t want this to be stressful in the slightest,” he says. “I want this to be the best day of this horse’s life.”
You can see Trey in action on The American Horseman Show on Dish Network channel 404, but far preferable is a visit to 3Y, a 500-acre ranch in Wakulla County. Trey has horsemanship clinics coming up, including Oct. 1-2’s “Confidence on the Trail” clinic, and 3Y also hosts private events and boards, grooms and exercises horses.