In this picture, Royal is ready to join up. He met my three criteria and is about ready to walk up to me. After he does that, I test him by asking him to follow along side me as I walk around the pen. I frequently say ‘Whoa’, at which time he should stop. After he comes to a halt, I do as well. Then I say “get up” and he should start moving and follow me as I walk around the pen.
After a couple of minutes, I say ‘whoa’ and he should stand still while I walk over for a lead rope. Then I clip it to his halter, say ‘whoa’ again, then I walk around him. He should stay absolutely still as I ‘look him over’.