New Mare Afraid of Arena's Announcer Stand
So today I found out my new mare is afraid of the announcers stand in our arena! Yayy! Before I got her she had only ever been used as a ranch/trail horse then let out to pasture for 2 years and not messed with much. Plus the fact that she's only 6 years old but with 2 years off, has the maturity of a 4 year old, so I can see why she is spooked by the "scary" announcers stand. After she jumped 5 feet to the left and bolted when attempting to pass it, I got off her and led her by it on the ground and did groundwork excercises by the area she spooked. I would inch closer each time we would pass it again until she eventually didn't spook at all and seemed to have forgot she was ever afraid of it. At that point I got back in the saddle and walked her past it again and she was back to her old shananigans, so I circled her and got her feet moving in that area just like on the ground. Not much progress after that today, but I know it will take some time. So I guess my question is am I addressing this issue correctly? If so, anything else I can add to the routine? And if not, what should I be doing instead? Thanks in advance :)
"Don't flatter yourself cowboy..I was lookin at your horse."