Untrusting and Head shy?
I have been riding since I could walk and have recently moved to a new house that has a barn right next door. The owners of two horses there eagerly offered to let me ride their horses, who I rode a few times the year before, as they do not get much exercise. One of these horses, a small Arabian mix, is very head shy and not easily trusting. This is not too alarming based off the fact that the most interaction with people these horses get is regular grain and an occasional groom. However, now that I will be spending more time around them, I really want them to begin to trust me. As a way to get him to know me better I have tried grooming him to see if he would become ore relaxed in my presence but he doesn't seem to enjoy being brushed down. Along with this, if you try to enter his stall he immediately turns away, though without expressing any aggressive behavior. I am looking for any sort of advice on how to get him to open up and have a better attitude towards being handled which can help us get on good terms so we have better rides. In case it helps, he has a very strong personality and likes to do things his way.