This 9' piece is designed to function as a lead rope on the trail. The back-spliced loop end easily attaches to your trail halter for those times when you stop and tie up ~ maybe for lunch or a break. I just leave mine attached right to my trail halter and fold both into my saddle bag.
The 1/4" rope packs easily into your saddle bag or ties behind your saddle.
May also be useful in trailer loading.
Comparable to Mr. Parelli's "Get Down String"