Clinton Anderson is the one who coined it as a "patience pole" and marketed them as such.May I ask, what is it for? Not trying to be smart, honest question. I thought a 'patience pole' was simply what Americans called a strong pole in the ground, that you tie horses to by something unbreakable, to let them fight it out & 'learn to stand tied' for long periods. So I don't understand why the contraption on top with chains?
The reasoning behind why it works is because when they are just tied to a fence they can't move their feet and get stuck because they can't move any further, and that's when habits like pawing come to be.I'm not understanding why a horse supposedly wouldn't 'feel tied up' just because they can walk in a tight circle. If I want my horses to have some freedom while tied - say I'm camping & they will be tied the whole night - I use a 'highline' - that is, long thick rope between trees tied up high, with a ring that slide along it, and tie the (shortish) leadrope to that, so they can walk the entire distance between the trees, to graze etc. But they still know they're tied.
Oh right. I just wouldn't tie a green horse hard, or short enough that they can't move their feet, so never had that issue. I can see though, that if they haven't been trained to stand calmly tied, that it would indeed be 'easier' on them than being hard tied short to a rail.The reasoning behind why it works is because when they are just tied to a fence they can't move their feet and get stuck because they can't move any further, and that's when habits like pawing come to be.