My mom has always been terrified of horses, to the point where she wouldn't even get out of the car when I first started taking lessons. But after over a decade of dealing with a horse crazy daughter, she's gradually starting to break out of her comfort zone. We hit a major milestone a few weeks ago when I finally talked her in to climbing up on Dublin and letting me lead her around the arena. Kinda ironic actually that she refused to get on my first horse, a broke-to-death 21 year-old, but she barely hesitated to get on my four year-old greenie Oh well, it has been quite a few years between then and now.
Anyway, my question is: What are some things I can do with my mom to help build her confidence? I know working with a green horse and rider isn't an ideal situation, but Dublin is pretty laid back for a young horse. I'm thinking moving her to the lunge line so I can help her with position and balance. Any tips on specific exercises we can do would be great.