I have a very special bond with my horse that has actually kind of surprised me. Except for two horses, all of my horses have been geldings, and I have just not had that much luck with mares until now.
I have been riding for 30+ years, and I feel silly saying this, but when I think of my Maisy I get teary-eyed. She is the sweetest, kindest horse, and the bond we have is very strong in that I love her very much, and I feel that she trusts and "loves" me in her way. Will she "save" me from a snake, no, but she will run to me when she sees me and she will stand at the gate when I put her away and not move from that spot until she can't see me, and that's enough for me.
Great thread and I've really enjoyed reading all of the posts from everyone!