Originally Posted by Palomine
Horses get legs caught in rope, and can end up having to be put down if not discovered soon enough.
Why don't you just feed hay? Less worry, and safer.
You aren't supposed to leave them unattended at all. If people are, they are asking for trouble.
Secondly, horses that are properly trained and conditioned learn not to panic and how to free their legs if they are tangled or have rope wrapped around themselves.
You will see veteran picket horses lift each leg and kind of shake it to loosen and drop ropes off of themselves.
To the people that are saying that it is dangerous, so is every other thing you do with a horse if you 1: Don't prepare your horse for the intended task first 2: and then leave it alone to figure it out for itself.
I personally don't see this as any more dangerous than tying a horse into a couple of shafts and dragging you around in a box behind it (Driving). Or lunging, or tying your horse to anything, really.
^Not that I am picking on driving (I love it.), but it is an easy reference.