Acting like a horse does not come naturally to humans. It's actually the exact opposite of how humans act. That's why people have problems with horses. And since it's not natural for the human, we have to learn to think like a horse does and see things from his perspective, not what we think his perspective should be. We don't think a plastic bag or a mail box is scary, but to the horse it's serious danger. So in working with him, we have to put ourselves in his position, knowing that survival is #1 priority. And if we truly understand that, we would not push the horse to sniff it or go past it or to keep going. We would be sensitive to his fears because we could relate to him. However, if we don't put ourselves in his place and understand his feelings toward what is happening, we will never achieve the thing we want to achieve with the quality that we want or what is possible. I see A LOT of people getting mediocre results and they are happy with that. They might be able to make their horse jump 5 feet, yet the horse won't come to them from the pasture when called.....and they see nothing wrong with this. Or the horse bites when saddled or acts irritated, yet they can do a perfect flying lead change.....and they see nothing wrong with this. Every single thing a horse does, be it positive or negative, is feedback about what we are doing, and if we don't listen to it then we proved to them, right then and there, that we don't understand him and in some cases we just don't care. How can the relationship ever be what it could when that happens? It can't.