It feels really amazing to "speak horse," doesn't it? Particularly when they listen!
I used to work at a lesson/boarding stable where I was responsible for feed and turnout for up to 22 horses. The owner was a fun guy, but he liked to see the horses go tearing off when they got turned out, so he'd yank the halter off and yell like they do in the old cowboy movies. I spent a couple of weeks retraining an off-the-track Thoroughbred to go out quietly after he nearly jerked me right through the pasture gate anticipating that kind of start. When a 13-hand pony nearly took my head off doing the usual buck-and-kick take off, I suggested that perhaps the pony's owner's parents wouldn't appreciate having to have extensive dental work or possibly plastic surgery done on their daughter . . . . He listened, because I had gained an almost mystical reputation around there. There were horses that the owners and trainers sometimes couldn't catch (in a 10-acre pasture, a horse can lead you a merry chase for a long time!), but I always could. No, guys, I'm not magical; I've just learned some techniques that work.