Lol. Of course! I don't cross tie in a barn because I don't have a real barn to cross tie in. Sometimes I tie Blu and sometimes I don't. It depends on how he's acting that day. Lol. Every now and then I will take a brush out to him and just brush him a little while he's free. For one, he'll know that I don't just come out to him to ride but for other things too.
Well, because all our horses are rugged 24/7, I try to groom them atleast 3 times a week. But that's on top of if they get ridden... like BLUMAGIC I groom before they get ridden and after. Estimated time....hmmm probally around 15min.. :)
I groom before I ride, & after I ride I just do a basic groom...like, brushing her off, making her mane all pretty lol, etc. I put a blanket on her in cold conditions & if its snowing. I blanket her a lot for warmth, too when necessary.
I also groom even if I'm not riding, just for bonding. :)
Im a compulsive groomer lol I groom morning and night and before riding and after riding and if im bored waiting for something ill groom lol I really am hopeless. Im a bit obsessive when it comes to my horses appearance. I like them to look and feel their best. It probably works out to around 30 minutes per day per horse. Sometimes more but rarely less. Even if im running late of a morning I will whip their rugs off long enough to have a quick brush over and a mane and tail brush :)
This time of year (winter) I don't groom unless I ride. I clean feet, get twigs and hay out of their mane and tail, check their eyes for crud just a general look over every day. I normally try to give them all a good brushing once a week (the ones I don't ride) but its been so muddy and cold here its tough. They aren't stalled or blanketed so they can go roll in the dirt anytime they want.
I use a blocker tie to tie them up, but most of the time just go out to the hay bale and give them a brush and a hoof cleaning without tieing them at all.
When riding I groom before and after the ride. When weather permits we ride at least 3-4 times a week.
Wanted to add in the summer they get a bath about every other week. Here is our wash rack we built last summer. I like it a lot, so much easier to give them a bath. Its made out of pipe.