Agree with MyBoyPuck. My mom is the most... nervous wreck ever. She hyperventilates when she drives and she worries and gets all flustered so easily. For awhile, she'd jump everytime Sky would twitch due to a fly. Then all of a sudden she started begging me to teach her how to ride. No. My horse is green, he isn't ready. Well I finally climbed on him bareback (couldn't saddle him due to an injury near his girth) and then a few days later, got my mom on him bareback and they did great.
Though I'm not going to push her into doing more than that. She's not the riding type. Her heart isn't into it, which is sad but whatever.
She just thinks he's adorable and finds it funny when he rubs on her (which I tell him off for of course) but yeah, don't over face your mom. Baby steps.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"