I was surprised by the other response too. I think he looks nice ! He's shiny so obviously happy / healthy as far as you can tell on a physical level. He's moving nicely and you sit well through all gaits.
I also disagree that a horse is not person-like in his response to his rider. Or maybe this is just because I have arabs !? Granted, it should be explored firstly that there is not a physiological or pain related reason for bucking but at the end of the day, if a horse doesn't want you on his back, he WILL get you off.
Joey still bucks if he's overtaken at a gallop but all of his naughty, nappy behavior has stopped since our relationship has developed. He no longer spins and runs from things that scare him, but freezes and waits for my response. "I'm scared mum, what do we do here". And this is what it should be like... horse looking to rider for leadership - but what's to say there can't be trust and friendship both ways. I disagree with anyone who says it's not possible because Joey and I are living proof that it is. x