- I'm with Takeda-dono. Retainers are very handy if you need to park
shows a detail from a Momoyama period (16th c.) screen in the Asian
Art Museum, San Francisco - sadly, my digital camera was not able to
cope with focusing on things behind glass, because this is the best of
the bunch and the others are sadly out of focus.
Stabled horses were a popular subject in Japanese art. Like this one,
they're usually depicted cross-tied to ringbolts in standing stalls.
Like this one, the ties are usually shown as so loose to be what I'd
normally consider dangerous, allowing the subjects to be depicted in
various spirited (badly behaved?) poses.
A horse can be trained to "ground tie" - it's sort of like "stay" for
dogs, the cue being that the reins or lead line has been dropped to
Horses can also be taught to put up with being tied to trees, fences,
ground stakes, etc.
some info on the basics.
I admit prejudice on the subject. My old Thoroughbred was a mellow
beast, yet he knew the exact amount of pressure required to break a
crosstie snap - I hid in the bathroom one day because I wanted to see
just how he was doing it. As soon as the blacksmith went out to his
truck for the shoes, Tobe glanced around to see if the coast was
clear, then jerked his big head sharply to the left (pop!) then to the
right (pop!) and started ambling down the asphalt.
Saionji no Hanae
Province of the Mists