Originally Posted by Cherie
There are two very effective ways to deal with this problem.
If you have the skill and the confidence to stay on instead of get off (score '1' for the horse), you should go back and forth always turning toward the announcer's stand. I have gone back and forth past some scary thing for more than an hour many times -- maybe 100 times or more -- until the horse gives it up and is tickled to stand there quietly resting. Then, from that time on, that would be the place I rested and that would be where I went at the end of every ride. I would stop there, rest, dismount, loosen the girth and lead out. That would become the place the horse wanted to go (instead of the gate or the barn like many horses.)
The other thing you can do is to tie the horse at the announcer's stand -- for hours if it is available. I might even bring a bucket with the horse's feed in it and hang the bucket there.
I hve used both ways with good success for many different things.
I didn't even think of getting off for groundwork as a reward for the horse at the time, but that makes total sense now. Great advice I will try that, thanks!