The horse in my avatar is my Heart Horse. He is a strong alpha-dominant horse, a great leader of the herd, aloof, can be hard to catch BUT
We communicate - we have communicated on a silent plane since the first time I rode him 22 years ago. He started it, I didn't. I think in pictures, he sees those pictures and reacts
I have many stories that even die hard horse people wouldn't believe and I can't remember half of them because "things" happen so frequently these days. Duke is now 25, I am 65, so we've had a lot of years to develop the "point and grunt" routine
Although Duke has never offered to bite, kick, buck or rear a day in his life, he is not a horse most of the world would want.
He is a TWH and performs the Stepping Pace - champagne smooth but nonetheless a Stepping Pace.
Until the metabolic issues started dragging him down, he was full of go-go-go and would come BACK from a ride slidin' sideways, saying "ok what's next". That always suited me because I'm the same way -make that WAS the same way - lol.
His favorite thing in life (other than showing off in a parade) is to show the whites of his eyes to any stranger coming into the barn. Most are intimidated by him, which is what he wants because then he's left alone - lol lol
My brother had a stare-down with Duke once upon a time, now they are the best of friends ----- on the ground
He has taken after the Bully of the pasture when I've looked at him in frustration and said, "Duke do something with him", after the Bully pinned my most passive horse in a corner and bit the daylights out of him.
I've had some fantastic horses in my life and have bonded to several of them but none have been the Communicator Duke has been.
I believe as WRR stated that not every single person will be privileged to have a horse like that ORRRR if they do, they won't have the depth of instinct to recognize it