Their self-imposed urgencies of task accomplishment often become the focal point, rather than prioritizing the Quality of Communication with the horse. The general unspoken standard of "if the horse's behavior doesn't scare me, we're still okay," leaves many horses in the gray area during a majority of human interaction. If the horse "mostly" complies, the tendency is to add more to what is being asked of him.
Without effective “tools” (not gadgets, rather how a person communicates with the animal,) the human often winds up at the “mercy” of however the horse responds, creating an all too familiar “surviving” the ride experience. This creates a vicious cycle of anticipation, worry, fear, and insecurity in humans and horses, and is a completely unnecessary element in the partnership.
The equine's physical behavior reflects his mental and emotional state. If he is ignored, he is "forced" to take over and make decisions to "protect" himself. Most of these decisions leave humans in undesired and potentially dangerous situations.