Quick Tip from Champion Cole Baker: The Importance of Teaching Your Horse To Accept Pressure

“The horse initially learns to except pressure from the rider. And then that horse will accept pressure from its environment. Those horses aren’t spooky. Those horses deal with problems as they go around the arena…” Champion Trainer, Cole Baker

Listen in on a quick conversation between World & Congress Champions, Cole Baker & Cleve Wells on pressure for both the rider & the horse.

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Cole: and, and naturally they’re comfortable with it and they’ve trained to do their job because they want to do their job. You know, and those horses are always be successful.

Cleve: And when you talk them about pressure, to me that is competition. We’re not saying that we, you know, I tell people, don’t live your dream through your horse. Take your horse with your dream. You know, put the pressure on yourself. You want to be a winner, you be a winner. You know, find a horse and take it with you. Don’t tell the horse I want to be a winner and ride through that whole animal because pressure is from yourself because you are, because you do want to be a winner. You are a competitor. Pressure is from your parents when you’re a kid and pressure from your husband when you’re a wife riding into pen, everybody has pressure and, and the horse feels that, and that’s what we call nerves. We call it nerves, but it’s actually the pressure of success. And I don’t care if you’re a pro football player, if you don’t have a little something in your gut or I don’t care if you’re Mariah Carey or whoever, if you don’t feel a little nerves when you walk on stage and you don’t feel a little something in your gut, you’re not any good anymore.

Cleve: We’re at Conyers at a c class show and we still got a little twist in our gut riding in the pen.

Cole: Yeah, I take it one farther. Pressure comes for me on a horse comes from the environment as well. You know, and that’s, that’s the kind of pressure that I want. That horse, you know, the horse or initially learns the except pressure from the rider. And then that horse will accept pressure from its environment. Those horses aren’t spooky. Those horses deal with problems as they go around the arena. And those kinds of situations don’t really, that horse knows how to accept that pressure from you, from, from outside interference from other horses in the arena all the way through that. And you know, once you’ve let your horse experience all those things, you know, everybody knows well he’s seen that that’s not a big deal anymore. So there was no reason not to show him things that are going to happen inevitably. Right. And when you do that, you’re going to find yourself in a much more relaxed situation showing all the time.

Cleve: Correct. Well, Cole, I appreciate it. I know that you know, I always remind people, learn how to watch your video. Learn how to learn. You know, the first time you watched this video, listen to Cole. Second time, watch his horse the third time, listen and watch, the third time, Watch his feet, watch his hands. You know, always tell people you can watch this video 10 times as long as you don’t just try to watch the big picture the first time, then you’re going to get something from every video that we put out there. If you will listen to a video before you watch it and then, and then put the words with the video and learn on your own way. But I’ll remind you again, teach yourself how to learn. And then you can teach your horse what you learned. So with that, Cole, thank you very much. We’re going to let you go. Get ready to show. I know we got a big day and good luck today. And, thank you for taking time out for The Horse Training Channel. Thank you.