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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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My plan would be to teach walk, trot and canter/lope in the round pen both on the lead and at liberty. Then I'd move to backup and ground tie as well as carry an empty saddle. Also, forequarter yield and hindquarter yield and maybe even sidepass from the ground. I've also worked on an exercise I saw at a clinic that I call figure 8's. Just my $.02 worth because you asked...
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