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What would you like to see as far as ground manners in a horse?

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I'm currently in the middle of training my 2 1/2 yr old QH gelding, and would like to hear what y'all would like to see as far as groundwork and ground manners in any horse? I want to train this horse right.
He is green broke, but we won't be starting further saddle training until he's back up to a healthy weight, as he's pretty underweight currently. He already is very respectful in his manners, but I want to see what you guys would like to see in a horse for ground manners.
Any ideas welcome!

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Easy to catch out on pasture, no rushing gates, no dancing on the lead, walk at or slightly behind my shoulder, tie and stand quietly and patiently, load and unload & ride in trailer, bathe without drama, clip without fuss, stand for grooming, farrier, vet, tie to side of trailer and stand, stand for tacking & untacking, mounting & dismounting (this is a pet peeve for me, I'll sell a horse that won't be still for mounting and dismounting). If I want to stop and chat with a friend, the horse will stand quietly and either graze or stand patiently until I'm done.
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