Since I'm at a computer ATM, it's a little easier to share my training/bond story with my horse.
When I got my horse, he was a spazzing moron. It took over a year, and many, many shared experiences before he really started warming up to me. Don't get me wrong - he definitely liked me. He's food motivated and liked being engaged. He's a funny little Arab. But it wasn't until we established our roles (which he still tests every so often) and experienced things (some fun, some scary, some just weird) that he really started to come around. He'll call for me, he'll come running when he hears my truck (my car confuses him because a few boarders have little grey cars but he does perk up). If I don't see him for a day, he WHINNIES supper loudly and comes running and prances around me doing that Arabian neck thing as if to say ERMAGHERD WHERE WERE YOU?!?!?!?!1!!
But it wasn't always that way. We've gone through our share of difficulties, including a really odd trainer. We click well enough that people comment on it when we go places.
(Though I'm still a bit of a hot mess in the saddle, we're awesome in hand!)