I highly recommend it. Once we did it didn't matter if there were other horse's/people where we were, he knew who his leader was and where he was safe. I believe that's why we still, to this day, have a remarkable bond that I just can't pinpoint. There's just a connection.
I TOTALLY agree....there are no words for the bond I have with my horses....who all were rejected by previous owners. My mare, who I just sadly had put down, was the extreme. She was my first horse. I had no clue what I was doing. She had no clue what she was doing at 16 and never broke. She was a train wreck and complete basket case. The trainer quit with her after the first day when she tried to lunge her and my mare lunged at her and hurt her to where the trainer ended up with stitches in her forehead. She was labeled dangerous, mean, impossible and crazy. Nobody would deal with her. I didn't want to give up on her. I somehow felt we could work together. I was just recovering from ankle surgery after breaking it on my first trail ride on a leased horse and was in no hurry to ride. That was when I opened my first book and started watching videos etc.
Since then, all four of my horses were trained basically the same way....little bits of variation depending on their personality. However, all of them I did join up with. Whether you have a crazy hyperactive horse or a non-spooky confident horse, they all can hurt you with lack of respect for you.
All my horses can be at liberty in a 200 foot arena and still listen to my cues and make them walk, trot or canter without me having to chase them. They will also stop and come into me when asked. They follow me like puppy dogs and even the ones that don't like eachother in the pasture will respect eachother and not try any funny business when I am present. On a trail ride it will save you because if your horse is scared or you end up on the ground, they will look to you for the next answer....not try and run home. I can say that from experience with my crazy mare who is the spookiest one in the group.....one other rider, who was a trainer, fell off after her horse reared and took off home.....other horses ran trying to follow. My horse was scared and nervous, but swung her head around (while dancing around and chomping the bit) to my leg as if questioning me what to do. I pet her and assured her it was ok......and it was.
Can I say that there is some magic miracle for this? Not really. Only the experience that I have had. I believe that the relationship with you horse is the most valuable thing you have and can save your life. Many people just over look that step and maybe have never even experienced it, thinking that because their horses can do all kinds of fancy tricks that they are trained.