Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
NO horse I have known that has been trained to park out does randomly park out in the pasture.
A horse that stands all camped out like that on their own is not doing something it was trained to do. It is standing that way because it is uncomfortable to stand properly.
This is true. I grew up in a Morgan show barn where literally every horse including weanlings (for in hand) were trained to park out. None of them did it on their own in the pasture or in their stalls.. unless of course it was a male urinating but that is very different. They would do it with a rider or when cued in hand. Standing camped out like that with no prompting is not normal, even for a horse trained to do it..
Horsecrazy, I am not commenting on anything else, but in your OP you say that he does it on his own.. then you backtrack and say it's only been a couple of times.. but even in your standing still shot of him in his field, he is doing it.. I really do urge you to get it checked out. If it is an underlying spinal issue or other bone issue, riding him could be seriously exacerbating it, and you could potentially end up with emergency vet bills versus just a standard check up.. I figure it makes more sense to pay a smaller fee now than to end up with a potentially huge one in the near future.