Originally Posted by DrumRunner
Ahhh okay, thanks..Do you think the OPs horse is parking out, standing funky, or a little down hill?
The first pic of the OP's horse it looks like he is standing on unlevel ground and that the front appears higher than the rear cause of it. He is standing fairly square and is not parked out in the picture. I would love to see a picture of him parked out though.
Definitely a trained stance. It is used in saddlebreds also in halter and under saddle. We tend to park out mini horses in the show ring as well but no as extreme as other breeds. Some people do park out minis as extreme as a morgan or saddlebred but tend to be trying to cover something up such as being uphill, downhill, or having slightly crooked legs. You will see it used in mondern shetlands and hackneys as well both in harness and in halter.