Excellent thread. Except you have it slightly off, BlueSpark...you seem to have missed the REAL REASON Alec and The Black bonded nearly instantly, seemingly
following the "feeding of the seaweed" experience...Nooo! In the movie, it happened much earlier (enter dreamy tinkling of chimes and low drum-beat to set the "flashback" scenario )....
You see, in the veeery beginning of the movie, when Alec was investigating the ship and snuck into the hold where they were keeping The Black? The Arabian men were attempting to "contain" The Black's uncontrollable power with what looked like a billion ropes; strapping him down, as he incessantly reared, screamed pitifully and violently... striking out with his hooves, biting the men, all in attempt to free himself ...there was Alec! Hiding, watching the whole experience from afar. The only human not
participating in the cruel treatment of The Black...
THIS, my fellow HF readers, WAS "THE" MOMENT when the true, inescapable b-o-n-d was created between Alec & The Black. Because (wait for it...) The Black COULD, IN FACT read Alec's mind
!!! The horse telekinetically just KNEW he was good, kind, and trustworthy! Much unlike the nasty men in the robes and turbans with all the ropes and cruelty!
Yes...it was this--THE MOMENT--the basis for all to come between the boy, (pregnant pause) and the stallion...it happened before they had even--truly--MET! (Du-dum-DUUUM)!
All of you who intimated that horses cannot read minds of humans, and just KNOW instantly who is good and bond instantly to them were wrong!! You know how I know?? Cause Disney said so, dammit!