My nephew was terrified of snakes. When I was doing a presentation for his siblings, at first he wouldn't put his iPod down and wouldn't join in. That was fine. We didn't force him. When we brought out the second group, he put himself closer, next to his mom. Still scared but a little more interested. The last one we brought out was my six foot bull snake. When I brought her out, I talked her up. She is my baby, my sweetheart, wouldn't EVER bite or do ANYTHING bad. With her, he actually came and sat on the floor next to me. I got him to hold her tail, then her body, until he was holding her all by himself. He went from being terrified to "I am not a snake guy, but I REALLY like her." In about an hour.
I think she needs to be able to connect with the horse. Believe and trust in him and you. Talk him up.
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