Also the horse I ride turns his head very far backward, looking (I think, he is wearing a fly mask so I don't see his eyes) towards my leg and feet. He doesn't make an attempt to nip/bite and never bites me or nips when grooming. I think he is trying to tell me something so I checked the saddle belts (everything seemed okay) and then I thought maybe the protruding tag of my cheap boots was annoying him so I bought new expensive leather boots and chaps that are smooth, but he still does this every time he knows I am gonna give him some leg aid... I really don't know what he wants to tell me: I am itchy? You annoy me? You hurt me? You are gonna do this wrong? I wanna look you in the eye to see how you feel??? What do you want from me woman? :p
When he is in the grasslands and I am near him (he is loose) he also turnes his head towards me while his butt is facing me and then he really lookes me in the eyes (his eyes roll towards me clearly, his head is low, not high so he kinda arches his neck down and really looks back), I really don't know what this means?? I just keep standing where I stand (not within striking range btw) and assume he will approach me when he wants to be close?? He is generally kind towards me, he gently touches me, he does not bump into me when I am leading, he slowly approaches me, he lets me rub his nose and head... He stops when I am gonna fall off during gallopping... He lets me remove his halter, fly mask... scrape his hooves... all without any problems... When he moves when someone else scrapes his hooves I shake the halter lightly. I had to do this 3 times and he understood: okay I gotta stay still and pay attention... SoI think the head bending and looking me in the eyes is trying to communicate??
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out and meet it. (-Thucydides)