I've had a couple horses with whom I've had a special bond with. The first was my western pleasure mare I got when she was 6 months old and I was 13. Being a kid, I spent every waking moment with that girl and she loved me to pieces. She would follow me everywhere, I could take off running, she'd follow me having great fun! Getting off the bus, a lot of times she'd be waiting at the top of the driveway in her pasture. We'd race home(she always won!).
My second strong relationship is the mare I have now. She broke her leg the day after I bought her and we've been through thick and thin together. Both she and I have messed up working our way towards having a good relationship, but we have always been forgiving of each other.
When she is scared or unsure, she will run straight to me if I am outside. I never really thought she liked me as much as I liked her until I kept her at my friend's hayfield overnight as we played around with other horses and roamed around in the high fence. When I went to catch her the next morning, she was wayyy out there in the pasture. I hollered at her and whistled. I'll be danged if she didn't come hauling butt to see me! She was so relieved I hadn't left her alone, I got special attention when I went outside for anything at all for a few days afterwards, lol.
There have been other instances where she would turn to me for comfort. I can also get more out of her than other people, although not many are allowed to ride her, and no one is allowed unless I am there watching what they are doing with her.
We competed at an Extreme Cowboy Challenge series last summer. Josie had never been exposed to most of the things there and only had 26 rides in a year on her, very sporatically. We went through the course better than people on broke horses because she has such respect and is willing and confident that I wouldn't get her in a bind. She can trust me and through her ability to trust me, I can trust her.
Another ridiculous story.... Josie walked on some dog kennel panels and got a piece of wire stuck between her hoof and shoe. Well, she went to walk off, was caught, and kicked at the panel until it came loose. She still had a long piece of wire caught in between the hoof and shoe. When she figured that out, she took off running around and around the house, the wire spanking her in the butt as she went! I was wondering what to do, stepping out in front of a galloping horse didn't seem like a good idea. After she had passed me a couple more times around, I hollered at her, standing off to the side, she came running up covered in sweat, sides heaving, and allowed me to figure out what happened and fix the wire. It was lodged in there, I had to get some wire snips and cut the long pieces off to pull the rest of it out. She was unharmed physically, but probably scarred for life mentally, lol!