While facing some of the tougher foes in the game, you'll be prompted to perform certain actions. If you are quick to press the directions indicated on-screen, you can usually stun a foe. This provides you with the chance to land a few blows on a temporarily stunned enemy before you have to worry overly much about evading out of the way of retaliation, so take advantage of each such opportunity as you memorize your foe's attack patterns and learn how best to otherwise counter them.
Focus on your environment to notice that it often provides useful clues that let you know what you should do next. For example, watch for clues that you might be near a hidden passage (such as conspicuous grass near a wall or hill) and learn to look for symbols that prompt you to blow your horn. Finally, watch for objects such as fire pits that you can use to light your arrows afire, as the presence of a pit normally implies you can find a way to put it almost immediately to use.