Thanks every one!
I GOT TO PET HIM!!!! I'm sooooo excited! Had him in a giant box stall with the door open, so he could get out if he felt to claustraphobic. I rubbed him with a "carrot stick" all over then I thought, why not? It felt right. I walked over and starting petting him! He tensed at first and flinched, but quickly calmed down
This is such a huge step, and he took a treat out of my hand
, first time. Super happy right now.