The goalkeeper is starting to see things come together at Leeds United as the German tries to creating a confident squad.
Since arriving from Cardiff earlier in the summer, the 20-year-old has learned just what kind of mentality new Whites boss Uwe Rosler wants to create at Elland Road, and it is targeting a position the Championship table that should please Leeds fans.
The club are adding both experienced players and promising youngsters to the first team, something the goalkeeper thinks is a sensible step for improving the squad.
“The team has a great mix of old players who have been there and know what it takes, and young players who are hungry to prove that they have what it takes,” Horton told the Leeds site.
“As those relationships build, the better it will be.
“The gaffer has preached on building this top-six mentality around the club. I think that’s what we’re starting to put into practice.
“Last year was last year and we’re ready to start this year on the front foot and ready to go after the league.”
Horton has a fight on his hands to claim the goalkeeping jersey at Elland Road with Marco Silvestri and fellow new arrival Ross Turnbull at the club, but the American has said that he is just happy to be in and around the first team on the tour in Austria, stressing that it is important for him to settle in the squad and begin to feel part of the Leeds squad.
“A pre-season tour is not only about playing," he added. "It’s about getting around the guys, it’s about building relationships and gaining a rapport with the lads.
“That’s been really important. It’s a great bunch of guys so that’s been a lot of fun.”
The goalkeeper is still yet to make his league debut in football, with his highest level of football coming as a youth goalkeeper for the United States at various levels, but he is clearly perceptive and grounded as a young player, something that should stand Horton in good stead for the rest of his career.