Andrew Konomanyi is not just a big advocate of animal rights, but also an avid rider who has had his fair share of bonds developed with sentient creatures throughout the years, including those with horses. Not many people know this but horses are very similar to elephants in the sense that they have an almost unhealthy love for learning things.
Some experts think that by displaying this behavior, they learn about their environment and the humans who interact with them. So in other words, this is their way of gaining control over any given situation. Building a bond with a horse is about familiarity and trust, learning to work together in different situations. It will happen organically over time, but there are a couple of tricks that you can use to speed up the process a little.
Spend Some Time With them Without Direct Interaction
If you have a good book that that you want to finish, go outside to the staple or paddock and read it while hanging out with your horse. Do not approach him or her, just simply be there and do your thing. Of course if they approach you, feel free to interact with them, repeating their names in a calm voice, or pet them a little.
As almost any other creature, horses love to be touched and cared for. Grooming is an important part of them staying healthy as well, but it can also help you bond with your horse.
As Andrew Konomanyi notes, developing that special connection takes some time, but once it’s there, it will stay for the rest of the horse’s life.