To be honest, "method" is a word that I try to stay away from. When someone asks me what type of method I use to train, its almost like they are asking me what type of method I would use to raise a child or make a friend.
Is every horse an individual? Yes, but that doesn't mean that I make exceptions out of what I expect out of any of them. Its crazy, but often when I am training a horse, I think back to my childhood. My family was very active and my dad was always pushing it, never accepting anything less because we were younger. Whenever I was afraid of something, he wouldn't leave until I had conquered my fear, over time, I grew a lot of faith in the fact that if Dad said it was ok, he would not let me get hurt.
I find that when people work on methods, then the faith is in the methods and the success is in the methods, rarely in the relationship. They think that every time they hit a kink, there is a method to work it out. Strangely enough, I do not dream of special "bonds" with my horses any more than I do with my family and friends, because that is the same thing that my horses are.
When people watch my horses load into a tight trailer in succession without me having to step inside, I am commonly asked what methods I use, but the truth is there is no method. Once a horse is at my barn and in my care, they will just start doing that after a matter of time. They don't find faith in the method, they find faith in the fact that even if they are afraid of what I'm asking them to do, that I wouldn't let them get hurt. I have had horses that are terrified of trailers willingly walk into that trailer after never working with any kind of method.
If I push, I don't give up, I don't approach and retreat, but I never ask the horse for more than they are mentally or physically ready for, just more than they think they are. That builds their confidence.
The horse is not a machine, or course it has baggage, confusion, personality tendencies. However, when training, I don't waste too much time worrying about where that horse is in life or where they have been, I spend my time thinking about where that horse can be and how much happier they will be when they get there. I deal with what I get when I get it, understanding where they are coming from, but never accepting anything less than what they are capable of.