Originally Posted by Frankiee
I understand it will teach your horse patience and this is just my opinion but I don't believe you must make him stand for hours! Its a little over exaderation for me.
It's an over exaggeration until you NEED your horse to stand tied for a long period of time.
Picture being on a trail ride with a friend and something very traumatic happens and you are left immobile. Your friend must ride to get help and you are left there unable to move and function.
In order to hurry, your friend cannot take your horse with her (pony the horse).
Would you rather have a horse that will stand tied (maybe even ground tied) until help arrives, or one that wants to dance around on top of you when you are in physical pain?
I know this is a fictitious story, but it could happen (and probably has happened) to you or someone that may eventually own your horse.
I have seen horses nap in the pasture in the same area for hours. I don't see how them having a halter on and tied to a tree (or something similar) could be perceived as cruel or mean.