Now here is my question, how do you know if you have that bond or if your horse is really just friendly? Or is that the "ultimate question" with no answer?
I have had my mare for a week, she will come up to me in the pasture, and will follow me around. I have round penned her twice, the first time was a disaster, the second time she turned to face me, but didn't come and didn't lick, chew, or lower her head. By the time I got that it was getting dark so I just went and fetched her, she followed me around with no lead rope though.