Watch this video AFTER you read this:
This is absolutely amazing.
HORSE WHISPERER!!! READ THIS FIRST, THEN WATCH!!!
SEE THE POWER A GENTLE TOUCH CAN HAVE!!!
The girl riding the horse is a deaf mute...she can't hear, nor can she speak. No bridle, no saddle...all commands are by touch only. This is one of those, "I wouldn't believe it unless I saw it with my own eyes" kind of thing. This girl is in her 20's - her father passed away just 24 days before this performance. You can hear her dedication to him just before her performance so turn up your speakers a bit.
Notice that it is just she and the horse---no bit, no saddle. She uses signals and touch cues, she's mute. Oh yes, this isn't even her horse. She is training it for someone else, although she obviously has a good relationship.