Now, I know he isn't fixed. I know he isn't better until I can get the same result on my own.
After we rode I asked if I should hose off Jim's mare and I mentioned that I was just going to bring the hose outside because I didn't want to deal with the wash rack. Well, Jim wanted to work on that too. So, we spent about 10-15 minutes and Jim got him in. He sniffed around and was calmer than he had been before so we hosed him off. He got him in a second time and then Boomer bumped into a bucket with his butt, sent it and its contents flying. Freaked him out, but Jim held him in there and talked to him telling him "it hasn't got you yet, its ok, it isn't going to get you". Boomer did relax and he led him in and out one more time. I had a little more trouble getting him in, but he did go in for me, and he relaxed. We called it a day and I have a ton to think about.
I asked him if I could pay him for his help today while we were still out riding, and he said no and that he doesn't like to charge for every little thing he does for people. I told him that in the future I may like to have him work with me some more. Not having a job, I don't have a ton of money and my savings account is shrinking faster than ever, but I sure would like to work with Jim to get over this. I think I need help at this point. There is no way I would take him back out on a trail ride without help right now. My confidence is shot. I think if he could get Boomer over this testing BS, and I could see it happen, it would give me the confidence to ride him supervised until he gets his act together. I also think Jim could help us with the wash rack issue. I wouldn't mind his help when it comes to the trailer as well. But, really, the most important thing is to have a horse that I can ride without fear. It sure is a lot to think about.