It is NOT all about tying. It is about everything you do with your horse. From the responses to tying I get an impression of how other things are done elsewhere. To the guy who tied his horse down I get the impression that he puts up with no nonesense in everything else. To the ones that won't tie I get the impression that others things are done sloppily?? too.
If you avoid a fight whenever possible your horse learns from this that to act up gets him someplace. I don't want to tie, act up, they ground tie me or hold me. If I don't want to pass that scary object you will go way wide around it if possible or pick another route? I don't want to slid down that steep slippery slope. Find a way around it so the horse doesn't have to slid down. Cross a scary ditch? Pick another way around.
It goes on and on in how we treat our horses. I baby mine in the field, in the stall, feeding, brushing, treats but come work time he pays up by dong exactly what I demand, each and every single thing. There is no debate in how things are done, what he will do. Scary does not cut it. Jump or walk through a ditch, I deside, not you.
So back to tying. I feel if this simple thing that horse decides, other things will also be decided by the horse.
How many of you hobble??? It is just another form of tying/rooting the horse to a spot?
I really liked the post about tying the horse down. Good for you.