What a pretty, loving face!
Having horse people around you is a huge plus factor. Spending time at the barn doing anything and everything is also a great idea.
Since you recognize that you are intimidated, the first thing you need to do is get confident. Possibly with horses in general, so spend time watching and petting to learn. As you feel more confident, ask your friends to help you halter and tie your inheritance. Maybe that'll be all you do for a few days. Then basic grooming and touching the horse ALL OVER -- and I mean EVERYWHERE. Learn to watch your horse to recognize his moods, his likes and dislikes. Horses generally give a warning before they do anything you might not like, so it's important to learn behavior and cues.
With help from your people, move up to leading and controlling your horse from the ground. Cleaning his feet. Somewhere along the line in these exercises you might have some occasion where the horse doesn't want to do what you ask. That's when you have to be firm and teach the horse (and yourself) that when you ask, he MUST do. This is especially where your horse people will be able to help.
Little steps. Don't overwhelm yourself and don't put yourself in a position that you are nervous in. The horse will pick up on that and your judgement won't be sound either.
Last edited by NorthernMama; 04-21-2012 at 11:48 AM.