"Your horse wants you to be happy. When you are happy and content with your life, you are a more patient, consistent rider. If there's something in your life that is causing you great stress and unhappiness, and if it's something you can change, resolve to make this the year you change it. There are few things more pointless than getting on a sensitive animal when you are a ball of stress. They pick up on it and everything goes to hell in a hand basket in a big hurry. Do what it takes to make yourself a happier person, and you'll find your horse is happier, too!" (this is from Hoofprints.com)