Weirdly enoguh, he did have enough contact with them as a kid. His cousin breeds and sells horses for a living. He rode a few times bareback too.
It's just that he looks at them as simply farm animals and is getting bored to death around them. Not scared, not agressive, just finds the whole equestrian world quite boring.
However considering he:
- endures my endless horse talks and even manages to appear interested or nod often
- takes me back and forth to and from riding
- does his best to spend his time counting his fingers or taking sky photo's during my 1-2 hours of trail riding
...I think it's ok.
However! He finally said something about some horses! He pointed some photo of a paint on this forum "That one is very pretty"
Then when we arrived at the riding center he ignored the stunning Friesians, didn not flinch passing the cuddly ponies, didnt even check the adorable foals but stopped and looked for quite few minutes at an arabian mix, white / chestnut (I am sure there is a color pattern, I have no idea which one is that)
I tried again without much hope luring him in a conversation last time:
"Soo...do you fave a favourite horse breed?"
"This one" - points at a pic of an overo QH on this forum
"Zomg quarter horses? I like them too, look at the nice muscles and the head and.."
Then he points at a spotted saddlebred
And then some colored draft
"And this one"
Passes over some solid colored QH's
"Hang on. Which breed is your favourite after all?"
"The spotted breed."
Awh. Wel I guess it's a start