I ride Bali the most of all my horses, she is the favorite, but she is also the one I take to shows, so she needs to be fit.
Bali likes to be ridden, always helps put her bridle on, both double or snaffle, so yesterday, it was highly unusual behavior when she put her head WAY up and refused to put on her bridle.
I tried grabbing her nose and pulling her down, but she would turn away again, and lift it high. Now, I will admit, I was starting to get annoyed, then, after the third refusal, I looked over and realized I had not put her “ears” as I call her fly bonnet on.
I paused, asked her if she was trying to tell me she needed her fly bonnet, grabbed that and put it on, and voila, Bali was her usual compliant self, opened up her mouth for the bits, and kept her head down where I can reach her ears to finish the bridling.
She was communicating quite well, I just had to listen.