Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I didn't read all the posts, so disregard if somebody already said this. The best way to bond with your horse is to be a good leader for him. Horses respect leadership, plain and simple. Horses want leadership and want it consistently. Work with him yielding his hind quarters, sending him through tight space, and backing him up. Give him a leader. Get his respect. He'll look to you for direction and the bond it will produce will knock your socks off. When you can stand with your horse in a grassy field and have him not even attempt to graze, you're in business.
Time, time, and more time are what it takes to bond with a horse. Not 'games', and certainly not with treats. Treats without being an actual reward for something only make a horse more
pushy, not less.
Your animal needs leadership and guidance, not
a BFF. They need to respect you first. Affection in horses comes from respect, not by stuffing them with treats or playing games. If you don't demand respect, you'll never get it.