Here is another video of him from last year.
Oh yes, he is one of those "not for everyone" kind of horses. He fits into the "all show horse" category. She is most definitely not a timid rider. He wouldn't put up with that. A horse has to be that game, that excited to be a top gaited horse. She does such a great job keeping him in check. I do agree that he would probably run off if he could get away with it.
For the record, she isn't telling him "Whoa". She is not asking him to stop. She is saying "Whoop". There is a BIG difference. LOL. One of my funnier moments was when I was driving a hackney the night before my class. We were going at a good show trot and I saw a road horse coming down the ramp. When I turned, I said "Whoa" instead of "whoop" and my pony slammed to a halt and I wound up in the basket. It was hilarious once I figured out what the heck happened.
Everyone talks to their horses. Easy, whoop, trot, canter, waaaalk. That ear flicking back says he's listening. Talking to your horse does not mean you are nagging or lack confidence. It is just... what people do.
I think now they need to do one of these videos with CH Sprinkles, or a roadster, or a fine harness horse. This was of the TOP. Wow, what a ride!