He's sensitive. Stop trying to physically cue him and just think at him instead.
My horse, I bet, is not as sensitive as yours, but she generally knows what I'm thinking, if it is about her. And fairly often knows it before I do.
Oh I rarely need to consciously cue him. And I tend to not do so at all. He's 98% of the time on the ball with what I'm thinking. I just brought this up to see what other opinions were. I'm to the stage now that I do me, and you do you... and most comments go right over my head... but I still get the occasional cluck of the tongue and how disrespectful, he didn't even wait for you types of comments, or: you're too soft on him, if he were my horse he'd by gawd wait till I told
him to move out, blahblahblah.
More than anything I thought we could just discuss it and debate it if need be and hopefully help anyone else that wonders the same thing and is being told the same thing.
He IS very sensitive to my body language, moods, tone of voice and yes, more than likely he's just reading my split second in the future intentions through my change of position in the saddle, maybe even what I'm saying... because:
Trigger and I will turn to face folks that are catching up - he seems to be less inclined to press forward if we turn to face the way we came. Me to folks catching up on the trail as we're facing them: All caught up?
Reply from folks: Yeah! We're good!
Me: Alright... *Annnnd he's already turning around and moving out...and I've not knowingly, consciously asked for it.*
I'm glad to see everyone else is in agreement - he's just reading me better than I read myself, which is what I'd come to suspect over the years, not that he's spoiled or ignoring my authori-tye (Cartman voice).
It's nice to have confirmation of this, and hopefully we can discuss the difference between reading us and reading us quickly and accurately... and just being disrespectful and hasty.