So after I rode today, I had about an hour before I had to actually leave, so I decided to give Leia a bath (she was awfully dirty and sweaty!) and towel dried her some, but she was still pretty damp. She was also doing the 'I hate washstalls' dance and being pushy and annoying. Basically she didn't want to be in there. She really hates washstalls. SO I decided to let her dry in there while I sat nearby sketching her. I was going to let her sit there until she relaxed (and I drew a decent picture lol) before letting her out. So, I sat there listening to music and sketching her, she moved around less and less as time went by.
Then some lady walked by asking me what I was doing. I told her we were having a lesson on patience. She raised a brow and looked at me like I was dumb. She said "you know, horses don't think the way we do. Forcing her to stand in a place that scares her won't solve anything," then she looked at me like she was waiting for a response so I just told her that Leia has never liked the wash stalls and I had free time and was going to let her stand there until she became comfortable. Then the lady shook her head and gave me a disapproving "good luck". I felt pretty awkward after that, but continued to draw my pony until she relaxed. And guess what? She ended up falling asleep - exactly what I wanted.
Is this a good method? I've always thought the only way to teach patience is to make them sit and relax. I may be wrong.. *shrug*