Was doing a bit of ground work with Merit, my yearling colt tonight. We do maybe 3 sessions a week. Had my boarder (who is also my doctor and I'm riding a mare for her) watching and Merit was such a very, very good boy, I think he may have been showing off for his audience
We worked on basic handling, that's an every time we go anywhere thing. He has become a master at matching my pace and not straying an inch from my shoulder aligned with his throat latch. He's pretty funny when we walk like snails, it looks a bit like slo-mo video. He pivots, yields fore/hind, backs with a pinkie finger wiggle worth of pressure.
Then we worked on ground tying. Left him parked in the center of the arena and walked 75 foot away and had a 10 minute conversation while he stood where I left him.
Then we did a few minutes of sacking out. Twirling my rope and smacking the ground while we walked, throwing it on, under, over. We then led with a rope on a front leg (did both). Then my boarder asked if he'd ever seen a saddle (mine was still in the arena from the previous horse) and I said no but we can show it to him. Flung the pad at him for a couple minutes while he stood with a hip cocked so figured why not. Got the saddle, he sniffed it a bit and then wore it without so much as a batted eyelash. Didn't cinch him up or push it farther than that because he did well. Ended on a good note. He got lots of scratches and loves from my boarder. She then told me it's a shame I'm considering selling him. Can't keep them all though