How good are you at sense your horse?
When you meet your horse, do you feel how the mood is like, on that particular day?
It is important to know how much to do with it, how much to push it and what job to do with it for the day.
The horse is an individual who also feels mood swings, pain, influences. Think of yourself when you go to work. Some days everything goes well and you get a lot done and some days simply do not work.
Then imagine that the boss comes and scream at you and is generally unpleasant. No nice scenario. Keep in mind that the horse can also feel that way, and it has not chosen to train / compete that day.
Being able to feel your horse and be able to encourage and be nice instead of forcing is an art that I hope that all horse owners will have the opportunity to learn.