During the Eddo clinic last weekend, we went to lunch at a tiny little diner inside a gas station that also doubled as a feed store. It was basically a few tables and served hamburgers. While there, we were amazed to see a Hispanic guy ride up on a young gray horse, dismount and ground tie his horse, then go on into the store to do some shopping. The horse was "parked" in a car parking space and stood like a champ for well over half an hour before the guy came back, mounted up and rode away.
We took pictures with our cell phones and complimented the guy on his training before he left. He said he'd just begun riding and training the horse TWO WEEKS BEFORE! Here are the pics.
I taught my little mare to ground tie when she's wearing a bridle. I can rearrange an entire set of jumps without her walking off. People love it! The key to teaching is consistency... and whenever she does move out of place I promptly put her right back where she belongs and tell her to "Whoa, stand"
At the place I rode at in high school, there was a great older thoroughbred (teens) that would ground tie like a champ!
I was at a show once and told him to stand, threw the reins on the ground and walked 15 feet away to get something. I subsequently got yelled at by the horse dealer (the horse's owner, but the horse was in the lesson program). Because while this horse went to sleep instead of grazing on the lush grass...you still never know and there was no good reason for me to do that!
His ground tying skills helped us win more than one western trail class, though.