Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
If my horse does something he likes or is proud of, he blows out a big ol' whale blow out his nostrils. It's adorable.
The horse I ride does that when she knows she has pleased me. I love it.
Its actually interesting you bring this up. This same horse doesn't really love being worked, but she loves me and loves to please me. She'll get really excited over a course I'm going to jump, but the same course with another rider and there is no spark in her eye and no enthusiasm. One trainer said to me, "This horse has a burning desire to please you, so when you ask things politely she will take kindly to it." I guess it's a good deal for me!