Bonding time can start and continue with hand-grazing.
You set the location and when, the horse respects your wishes and all get along well together.
Do not let the horse drag you around, and do not let him graze when it is time to walk and pay attention to what his task is now to do.
When grazing you
must remain alert that the slack in the lead-shank not have the horse stepping on his lead, nor tangling his feet...a recipe for disaster.
I used grazing time to groom my horses and check them for ticks, cuts and abrasions that can occur at anytime.
NYS is tough with deer ticks, so pay very close attention daily to hidden pests burrowing in their coats and tails.
You should be up and riding tomorrow...a horse under saddle and ridden needs his attention on his rider not his surroundings.
If you trail ride, go out the first time with another horse as yours learns sights and smells of his new barn.
Company will help to settle him if you do trails.
You do not need to let the horse settle for days, truly you do not...
He has had a few hours today and time spent with you learning smells...tomorrow is time to get to know each other in the new environment, just take it easy and be forgiving as he looks around some.
Enjoy your horse and the cool weather still around to ride and ride and ride... Excuse my bad manners... WELCOME to the Forum!!