Also sometimes used by the "oldschool" cowboys as a means of breaking a horse of a bad habit... Lets say you have a horse that rears, or is disobedient in some way, the idea is to tie them to a tree for a day (sometimes longer) until they realize life wasn't so bad before and cut the bad behavior. I've heard it is incredibly efficient in correcting problems, however I am not necessarily a supporter of the tactic.
For those that tie to teach their horse patience... do you worry the horse will get tangled/step on the rope? I know somoene mentioned the tie ring, and I own one (my horse has an issue tieing directly to something, such as the trailer) but don't you still worry that the horse can become tangled? Or are they being tied high enough that it's not a worry??
"The white horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising: a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music."