I think the amount of bond is directly proportional to the amount of time spent in each others company, learning from each other and building that trust that makes the training go easier. I'm working on building bonds with horses besides the old QH I had for 30 years. The bond I had with him was phenomenal and it didn't happen overnight. We spent hours in each other's company, grooming, bathing, trail riding, taking lessons & doing seminars and showing and just hanging out in pasture together. I could to ANYTHING to him and I could persuade him to try anything, but not the first 8 years I had him. During the 10th - 20th year we really clicked and everything came easy. Then the 20th - 30th years, it was as easy as it could be for an aging to old horse. I lost him in the 30th year and now, 4 years later, I'm still working on those bonds with other horses. I love them and we have a good time together, and I'm raising them from birth so it's even easier faster, but still, I expect to be working on those bonds and having good and bad days for 30 more years.