BlueSpark gave me this list to work on with mine:
I was going through the list with my daughters 6 year old quarter horse yesterday and immediately noticed SEVERE gaps that could be dangerous if not corrected on the very first task - leading
She is buddy sour and started throwing a fit when I got her to the far side of the pasture, she started throwing her head and running around me on the lead, even bucked once or twice -- so I will probably spend the next year on both horses doing all of these tasks until they are perfect.
basic ground work:
-leading very well
-loads in a trailer
-yields hind and fore quarters, drops head when asked, side passes from the ground, backs well
-stands tied quietly
-leads over obstacles, away from the barn and other horses alone.
-ponies from another horse
- stands for bridling.
- thoroughly desensitized to ropes, the saddle pad and then the saddle(including flapping stirrups, etc)
- stands to be saddled
- flexes when pressure is applied to the reins(from the ground) from side to side, familiar with "whoa" when you apply bit pressure and ask for a stop.
- ponied and done groundwork when saddled
- Ground drives well, where ever you choose to drive her, down the road, around the field, etc.