My Boyfriend, Garrett and I are very different when it comes to horses. I love them and ride constantly. Garrett on the other hand is intimidated by them. When we first met I was in the middle of a busy semester and wasnt riding often. He figured horses were a hobby I had out grown and didnt take my horse experience or love for them seriously and was trying to convenience me to sell them. like that would ever happen.
Anyway during our winter break, he would sometimes drop me off at the barn, then it turned in to him staying and watching me ride. Then one day to my surprise he went out to the field to catch them with me.
He seemed more comfortable with Hannah my two and half year old QH filly so I taught him how to halter and lead her, now he comes out with me every week and will groom her and lead her around while I ride Grady.
Well two weeks ago while we were out with the horses I caught he "snuggling" her and started teasing him about it, he laughed along with me but then held her face and said Nah I like her, she should be my horse. And told me that he want to learn to ride her, but that he's still nervous just being on the ground with her.
So this week I taught him how to lung her and he did GREAT!
I have given lots of riding lessons but I've never worked with anyone who has a fear of horses, so I am a little lost on where to go from here so my question is, is there any good trust building exercises that can help him feel more comfortable around her.