I just taught my horse to stand from the moment I got her. That is the first thing she learned. Ground tie! And here is how I taught her!
I used a rope halter with a 12 ft lead.
I would stop, face her, throw the line over her back, apply slight halter pressure and tell her to stand. Then walk away. If she followed me I snatcher her up and backed her up. Then I would bring her back to that spot, pet her apply pressure, say stand and leave again. Within 15 minutes I could walk circles around her.
Soon she would stand there level headed even with a pile of second cutting in front of her (often left by other horses from being fed in that round pen) and not try to touch it. Now she ground ties anywhere. Even at the show grounds where there are no stalls and she had never been there before.
So after she learned to ground tie I did everything with her, picked her feet, groomed saddled, and then practiced just standing above her on the step stool (some horses can be funny about things over their heads) and she did fine.
When I felt it was time I started getting on her, and since she knew to stand so well it was no problem. She didn't move a muscle. And yes, that was her first time ever being sat on.
So, it is all about the foundation. The key is consistancey.
Dahlia <3 1/4/2012