Originally Posted by Darla719
I mean about him being completely petrified of me, but yet wanting to interact and be close.
Because he is looking for you to be his leader.
Notice how the lead horse spooks and the rest follow suit? Even if they have no idea what they are spooking at?
I would lay money on it that once you put his halter on and brush him, his head drops and he starts yawning or licking and chewing.