Originally Posted by Palomine
Also, parking out was done by riders in English saddles, and there is not a lot to grab onto with them.
And it gave rider time to gather up reins and get settled in saddle too.
Anybody who grabs onto their saddle to mount their horse (unless constrained to do so by a physical malady) is engaging in poor equitation.
If your horse walks off before the rider is ready the horse is poorly trained.
I'm aware of the propensity of Walkers for "sickle hocks." Parking out hides that defect.
I'm not sure I buy the concept that parking out can ever be "natural." It's not a stance that the horse would take of it's own accord. The argument that it relieves stress on the legs is countered by the fact that it grossly weakens the back.
Not something I would recommend, I'm afraid.