There is this horse I ride, Norman, who I have known for about 6 months. He has had a very bad past, along with terrible back pain, but was then bought by a lady I work with at a farm and brought back to new. In the past, he has hurt a lot of people, and would barely accept anyone. Those who have heard about the injuries he caused would call him a monster and people are still afraid of him, except for me however(: Norman is very spirited, and has become my goal. I'm not frightened by what he did to people in the past, because it was their fault for miss treating him. All that I care about is that I love Norman and he's in present time now. People who use to ride him was very hard on his back, and didn't have a fitted saddle. As I ride him, I am very light weight and my main priority is to be nice on his back. I think he is beginning to trust that I will not hurt his back, which I believe he fears from the past. I love Norman a lot, and I want him to trust me as much as possible. Norman also has a record of bucking and sending people flying when in the canter, and I want him to trust me so he doesn't do this at all when I canter him. (right now I only walk and trot him) So far, Norman has never done anything to hurt me, and I trust him probably more than I should, lol. I want to have a special bond with him that he's not been able to have in his past years, and I would really like some advise on creating trust and a bond with a horse. Can anyone give me advise and tips on this? I would also like to know if their are any training or communication exercises I could do with him. I was thinking about teaching him to bow, but I don't know if this would irritate him or not.