The meaningful dialogue between you and him is purely physical. From the most basic handling requests to the most complex command, the body transmits its only understandable messages through direct contact, posture or gestures.
Naturally, a horse will say what he thinks during this physical dialogue. In fact, by watching your horse’s ears the next time you ride, you will get new ideas on how well your mount is “listening” to what you have to say from your place in the saddle.
The horse “that listens” has its ears in neutral, neither far ahead nor back. They are relaxed so that they bounce with their movements and lean back slightly towards their rider. During circles and turns, the ear towards the inside of the curve will generally turn backwards to tune the aids that are mainly applied to that side. Although there is nothing to hear, the horse naturally directs its ears, separately or together, towards the focus of its attention.
The positions of tense half-eared ears, punctured forward and collapse indicate that the horses have been temporarily deaf to the requests of their riders, the first has discovered some external interest that does not include you and the second has fell asleep And what about the horse that sticks its ears while riding? He has perfectly listened to what you (or a nearby horse) has said, and he takes a strong exception.