I used a tree branch...layed the intube over the tree branch and put the lead rope thru both ends..made sure the tree branch was big enough to withstand the horse if pulled on and it was above is head, therefore taking out the possibility of him getting tangled...they learned to stand like a champ and also ended up using it to halter train a yearling that would set back so bad on the halter I was afraid she would hurt herself. I tied my gelding under a tree next to her(she was attached to him) so that she wouldnt really stress..and within a hour or so she was standing quietly under the tree (also cueing off of my gelding) and had no problems leading after that. THe inner tube has enough give to prevent hurting her neck. I had a a breeder suggest that to me because that is how she halter broke her young horses by standing them out next to their moms. Later used this method as a "timeout" when they became difficult, like giving my farrier a hard time during a trim. We live in Texas so if my horses are going to be tied out for a length of time.. the added shade is a benefit. I always ensured I could check on them, but made sure they didnt notice I was...weird I know.