Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Leading, backing, and yielding his hindquarters and forequarters independently are all examples of groundwork. You can even work on side passing.
If you want to teach him how to tie, straight tie him to one post, not two (thats cross tying, that comes after single tying) and just let him work it out for himself. Make sure you stick around with some sort of knife to cut him loose if he gets into a real jam, but thrashing, pulling, etc are all pretty normal.
Also, picking up his feet without a fuss, loading and unloading onto a trailer,accepting being sprayed with a hose (for bathing), and the really important one, sheath cleaning, are other things you can desensitize him to/work on while he's young.