[QUOTE=mumiinek;861994]Nice tips, I wish I could try that with my horse to see how it works. We started training a month ago, he doesn't know anything like turn on the forehand or backing up. I'm pretty much happy that so far he at least learned what legs are for. All he knew before I bought him was "kick = go, pull = stop, jerk to the side = turn". That month ago you wouldn't be able to flex his head to the inside without him stepping into that direction immediatelly and now he bends wonderfully./QUOTE]
It doesn't really matter what you do. The point is to park them in their least favorite spot and have them do something that takes a lot of concentration and which they would prefer not to be doing.
Try this. Ask him to halt as soon as he acts up in the scary spot. Then work on having him move one step to the left without moving the hind end or back. If he does it easy, then maybe another step to the left If he doesn't get it right off, which he won't if he's never done this kind of work before, this will take a few attempts until he gets what you want, but it's great for teaching him that legs don't alweays mean"go forward". Then pat and praise and walk on. Next time around, do the same thing to the right. This is a great exercise to do, even if you're not in a scary spot and a first step to learning the turn on the haunches.