I like my horses to think for themselves, it comes in handy on the trail when I've done something utterly stupid and now am so scared I can't think for myself. Can't tell you how often I've had a horse save my bacon. I work with my foals/young horses individually and at first, I separate them so they come to know me and not just their pasturemates. I like them to smell, sniff, touch, lip, nibble just about everything they come across, it let's them figure out for themselves what is scary and what's truly not. I LOVE a curious horse, they tend to be very brave later on. I think trust comes from working with you consistantly and finding out that you are calm, fair and consistant with them. Once they trust you to be fair, they take your leadership pretty much for granted and the bond builds on its own.