Horse language and studying it becomes addictive! Trainer Brent Trout, then with extremely limited eyesight and hearing, worked out a brilliant inter-species communication deal with his stallion Checkmate. Brent’s using hand signals while listening for cattle splashing along the creek’s bottom on this blazing hot July afternoon – totally in balance as the two haze towards home pastures. This has to be one of my favourite photographs of what’s possible between horse and rider.