Training the horse and training the human is a main key to a great relationship with your horse.
The foundation is an important part of a horses training. Developing skills on the ground first enables the horse to learn to preform them with out the human getting in the way. On the ground communication leads towards liberty. Liberty builds trust and proves that your horse wants to be with you. That's a very important fact in riding!
If your true passion is horses. It will get you up early and keep you up late.