I reckon not many DMs or players would ever waste time into arguing about this, I would rule it as "do what's best for your character". But let's assume I'm playing with a very nitpicky DM who wants to play as RAW as possible.
The "combat riding" entry in the handle animal skill says
Combat Riding (DC 20): An animal trained to bear a rider into combat knows the tricks attack, come, defend, down, guard, and heel. Training an animal for combat riding takes six weeks. You may also “upgrade” an animal trained for riding to one trained for combat riding by spending three weeks and making a successful DC 20 Handle Animal check. The new general purpose and tricks completely replace the animal’s previous purpose and any tricks it once knew. Warhorses and riding dogs are already trained to bear riders into combat, and they don’t require any additional training for this purpose.
From this answer What happens when a mount is trained for combat riding using the handle animal skill I know what happens to a normal horse which is trained to bear a rider into combat and what being trained to bear riders into combat means (as per the riding skill).
But when I get a Warhorse must it already know the tricks given by combat riding (since Combat Riding says animals trained to bear a rider into combat know those tricks and then says warhorses are already trained to bear riders into combat) or can I choose?
That is, is bearing riders into combat tightly tied to knowing those tricks or are warhorses able to bear riders into combat without being forced into having exactly those tricks?
What puzzles me is that if whenever you got a warhorse they always had those tricks it's very likely this would've been written on the creature entry in the monster manual.
In the case the answer to my question is that all warhorses come with those tricks, can you change the tricks without making your warhorse less "warhorsey"? (in other words: If i change one of the tricks given by combat riding, does my warhorse forget how to bear a rider into combat?)