Flicka/Black Stallion/Black Beauty are pretty much the worst thing that ever happened to the horse industry, in my opinion. First of all, in order to allow these horses to "communicate", the directors have anthropomorphosized them in the worst possible way - they act "human like" so non-horse audiences can understand them.
The influx of the "super sparkly special bond syndrome" drives me up the wall.
There is a bond - but it is a horse bond, not a human bond. Horses do not love, they bond through their own horse-language. If you speak their language and earn their respect, you may earn their trust, which is the correct form of "bonding" that people should aspire too.