Coming at this from training background? I think much of this "bond" is just a method used to make money for clinicians.
You do not have to "click" with a horse to have it well trained, well behaved, or have it do its best.
And furthermore? This is not how horses think. They do not have to click with horse to decide to follow the lead mare/horse. In fact? They may passionately HATE the lead mare/horse, and will still follow it anywhere.
The whole concept of only by clicking with a horse can you have a safe horse or trusting horse is fairy dust.
There are too many people who make their living riding many many horses in a day, and in some barns, horses come and go weekly. That trainer does not have time to click with each one, nor are they worried about human/horse relationship, other than horse is doing what it is supposed to do.
Much of this nonsense? Comes from people who do not make their living with horses. Unless of course they are clinicians who make a living out of promoting this foolishness.
I understand this, and even sort of agree with some points.
But then I start thinking of the many horses I have worked with and realize there have been great differences between how I "feel" riding certain ones.
Some I have just instinctively known were "safe" (as in never actually trying to be willful or hurt me), even in their worst moments, some who never put a foot wrong - obedient and easy to work with but also that I never had that same safe feeling from, and a few that I really never came to trust at all, even when the horse was well trained.
Now, I was able to ride and handle them all... So I know you don't need a strong bond to set up a badic communication with a horse and have it obedient, but there were differences in how I was feeling and I am sure this is, at least somewhat, transferred to the horse. I'm sure other trainers have felt the same way - you can train 50 horses, you might remember them all but a few you will remember well - some because they were difficult and others because they were just special - there was something there with them others didn't give you.
So I'm not sure the whole concept of "clicking" is totally bogus... Entirely necessary to be safe? Probably not. Are safer with it? I wonder.
It got me curious how others feel on the subject. Posted via Mobile Device