Today I tired the whole thing over again. I let him sniff the wash rack and asked him to move towards it, but I didn't give him a chance to say 'no'. I blind folded him, and walked him in. He stood well while I tacked him up. After our ride I did the same time. I let him know I wanted him in it, but didn't push him until he could say 'no', which is when he shuts down. I blind folded him, and led him in. He was prancy and a little nervous about being hosed, but was a very good boy. He goes in to the other cross ties no problem, I don't know why the wash rack is different. I was able to leave him in them long enough to put my things away in the tack room. That was a big deal to be able to trust him to stand there unsupervised.
Our ride went well. I figure if he has enough energy to spook, he isn't working hard enough. So I made sure to keep him busy and he was fine with the light sprinkling on the arena roof. Good Boy! We are still working on the same stuff, bending and cantering. He is getting very consistent with the canter departs, but he is still very speedy. I have been working on circles at the canter for that. I did our regular warm up of cantering both directions at large, then doing some figure eights with simple lead changes through the trot. Then I did 12 circles to the left and 12 circles to the right. That took the wind right out of his sails! I think that exercise will help him slow the canter and also be a little less of a freak at the walk or trot after the canter.
This trainer at the barn started riding saddle seat when he was a kid as his dad was a saddlebred trainer. He has shown gaited ponies, saddlebreds, harness horses, arabs, etc. Then when he was in his 20's he started bulldogging and doing rodeos. Now he ropes and trains. Quite the background. I really like that he knows how to handle hot horses. He never tried to push Boomer when we were working on the wash rack thing. I am interested in his harness experience and if he ever brings a cart out here I might take some driving lessons. That would be too cool! I drove Fire a few times, but never competitively. I think it is really fun but really know nothing about it. I have always thought it would be fun to drive around, but I'm not sure I would trust Boomer or any other Arab to drive outside of a confined space.