Ground tying is what you see here. You step off the horse, drop the reins, and do what you need. The horse should stand and wait for you. It’s handy when you need to pick up something you dropped or just stretch your legs for a minute. Part of our training is teaching the horse to wait for the rider and not run away. We expect a horse to stand for about 2 minutes without moving. When he does move, we expect him to stick around and not go running back to the barn. Notice the one rein is left draped over the saddle ready for use. If the horse should step forward and break the one rein on a trail ride, you still have one good rein that can be converted into a loop. A good tip for folks new to trail riding.
Ground Tying Makes Ranch Work Simpler