Long story short on this part I picked him up two years ago, have worked almost a year to gain his trust and respect. He's amazing on the ground and under saddle until he sees a GATE. He is extremely gate sour. I was riding in the outdoor arena and he hauled a** right to the gate and paced like a barrel / gaming horse that's ready to go. I pulled him away circled him, made him move his feet and he went right back to the gate. Then after about twenty minutes of this little baby rears started, and head tossing. We'd get to the gate, I'd go to turn him away and he'd pop up, for the most part I could time it and give him a good kick before he went up. It's more like a bunny hop then rearing. He'd then turn in a circle and stand pacing at the gate again. I went through the checklist of pain, saddle fit, anything you could think of it's fine. I've heard a lot of nervous / over anxious gaming horses get like this. I then started mounting him in different corners away from the gate and tried to keep his attention off of it, but as soon as he sees the gate it's game over. I NEVER mount, ride through or encourage anything by the gate. I don't run him at all on games, he gets way more hot than he already is. If there is NO GATE in site, it's like he's a completely different horse.
I'm NOT ready to give up, I want to know anything and everything I can try. Or maybe what's worked for you all?
What can I do to make him understand he doesn't need to stand by the gate, that he's fine and maybe to help get his mind off of it.