‘Yellowstone’ TV Star Cole Hauser Compares Horseback Riding to Life: ‘Got to Put in the Hours to Be Great’

by Keeli Parkey

While talking about the horseback riding training he undertook for his role on “Yellowstone,” Cole Hauser also offered up some very solid advice for life.

As fans of the very popular drama are aware, the actor plays tough guy and Dutton family enforcer Rip Wheeler in the series, which will soon begin airing its fourth season. Hauser talked about the show – and horseback riding – during a Virtual Happy Hour with Kathryn Hall of Hall Family Wines in March 2021.

The subject of training to be a good horseback rider was raised by a question submitted by a fan. It was: “How hard did you have to train for riding horses that well?”

“Again, you know, it’s all about saddle time,” Cole Hauser said. “You got to put in the hours to be great.”

The qualities needed to be good on horseback also translate to life, according to the “Yellowstone” star.

“It’s like anything in life, you know,” the actor also shared. “It doesn’t matter what your business is or what your discipline is. In life, if you put in the time, put in the effort, work your a** off – you’re going to be great at it.”

Hall definitely agreed with the “Yellowstone” actor.

“How true is that,” she said. “Amen. … And, actually, the more you put in the more you get out of it, too, the more you appreciate. Like with wine. The more you learn about wine, I think, the more you enjoy it.”

‘Yellowstone’ Actor Cole Hauser Shares Sweet Story About a Horse He Had as a Child

In keeping with the “horse theme” during this segment of the interview, another fan of the “Yellowstone” star asked if he still owned a horse named Cinnamon.

“I used to have this horse that my mom, when I was 4 years old she got me a horse,” Cole Hauser said. “And, I used to get on it and ride around the ranch that we lived on in Oregon. And, we would go into the woods. I mean, she’s – my mom is just kind of a free spirit – she’d just be like, ‘Go. Get out of here.”

Wisely, the future “Yellowstone” actor listened to what his mother told him to do.

“I’d ride it and then she had this big bell that she would ring,” Hauser also shared. “And, my horse knew the bell ring, and we could be a mile away, two miles away and he would hear it and wherever I was, it would turn and walk back to the ranch house.”

Cole Hauser had a very fun way of dismounting this horse.

“He’d put down his head and I’d slide down his mane,” the actor said. “… I’d go in and have dinner.”

You can watch Cole Hauser talk about “Yellowstone” on the Hall Family Wines Virtual Happy Hour below. His comments about training to ride horses for the show begin around the 14:50 mark of the interview.