i feel i have a strong bond with all of my horses as they all neigh when i go to the field, they all come over to the gate, if i get off in the arena and let go of them they'll follow me round and most importantly i know that they trust me - i do a lot with my horses to ensure that they trust me and it has obviously taken time for them to be like this, especially my 5yo who was very nervy when i got him.
also, i think the showing of trust is different for every horse, my warmblood had previously been neglected i think (because of his personality when i got him) you couldn't touch his face (he has a big scar across his nose) and if you managed to touch his face, you couldn't get anywhere near his ears, also he is from holland so the way he had been trained really showed in his personality - he basically didn't have one ! (as they dont have any time spent with them, they are intensely schooled and then put back in their stalls) . . . the first year i had him i spent every day of my 6 week school holidays bringing him in, bathing him, brushing him, riding alone, and just generally spending a lot of time with him - i have had him for 2 years now, for about a year i have been able to touch his ears and just last week he suprised me by letting me get flies out of the inside of his ears ! (which has never happened before!)
also, within the first month of having him he got conjunctivitis and i had to put eye drops in his eyes 2ce a day for a week - he practically reared up when the vet tried to put them in, and by the third day i was giving him his eyedrops without a headcollar on !
even though he is still funny with his ears sometimes, he's the one out of my 4 that follows me everywhere, trots or canters to the gate and neighs every time he see's me (even if i just walk into the barn to get something, he watches the door until i come out again and neighs). i have also heard that before i had him, every time someone tried to get on he bucked until he got them off (sometimes they didn't even get in the saddle) then he'd escape - i even saw him try to do that with his previous owner . . . i have been warey of this when i haven't ridden him for a while but thankfully he has NEVER bucked with me or tried to get away, and i think he's just one of those horses that clicks with one person - and i'm so so glad that i'm that person - only me and my mum can touch his face, and i trust him with my life, i know whatever we encounter he'll keep me completely safe !
What do you feel your bond is like with your horse ?