Many years ago, when I first heard Pat say, “Pressure motivates, but the release teaches,” he made it sound so simple. And teaching and training horses really is quite simple, because it inv
olves not much more than the appropriate application of pressure and the exquisite timing of the release. But those adjectives, “appropriate” and “exquisite,” are where the real challenges lie, because these are the very things that make the difference between a horse having trouble, responding obediently, or responding with enthusiasm.
Pressure Motivates Release Teaches