I look back with great fondness to being with my horse before I had my kids, when Spike was my only "baby". I was able to ride 5 or 6 days a week, and we were so connected. We were both fearless, and he would go wherever I asked him. We used to show off on trail rides by crossing back and forth over the deep ditches that the other horses refused to cross. We used to ride along a busy highway that has a grassy strip about 20 feet wide alongside it. I would get Spike cantering, then drop the reins and put out my arms like I was flying. (Again with the showing off. I guess I used to be a real smart a**, lol)
Things are a lot different today. I have 2 kids, ages 7 and 2 that take up a lot of time. I have recently separated, so I am dealing with all that fun stuff. So I only see Spike maybe 2x a week right now, and rarely get to ride more than 1/2 hr 2x a month. He is still a great horse, because I put so much work in him in the past, but it is hard to maintain that level of connection when the quantity of time is so short.
Enjoy your horse as much as you can, you never know what the future may bring!