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    02-13-2012, 12:44 PM
It's those hooked ears! They look like Saddlebred. So cute. He's very striking. I love his eye. Nice looking boy!

Is he gaited by chance?
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    02-13-2012, 12:44 PM
Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
Okay, I may be wrong, If I am someone correct me..I know a little about Morgans but I'm not an expert...I think he looks a little down hill because Morgans are supposed to stand like that..They are trained to hold their hind quarters and feet out further...I think it's called parking out?

Like this...

But like I said..I may be wrong, I'd like to know too though. Learn something new!
Yes, it is called parking out and yes it is the way that you would see morgans set in the show ring. With these types of breeds you want to set the horse to make it look like it has the best conformation possible. The one on the top photo for example is much more stretched in the rear while his front legs are pretty straight under, this is to make him look more level across the topline. I believe standing square this horse would appear butt high. The second photo the horse is standing a little less stretched which is making him look butt high in the picture all together.
    02-13-2012, 12:49 PM
Green Broke
Ahhh okay, thanks..Do you think the OPs horse is parking out, standing funky, or a little down hill?
    02-13-2012, 12:51 PM
Wow! Thank you for all of the input everyone! He's definitely a camera ham, I'm glad you guys noticed the grin as well :) I definitely agree that his back is a tad long, but for his age and background I am quite happy that its still in such good shape. The western saddle that I ride in definitely hides that bit of extra length. Ok I wasn't imagining things about his feet! I saw his right front flare as well, which surprised me since he was owned by a farrier...its nothing horrible so my farrier and I are just going to do a nice adjustment to it and see how it goes from there.
Tinylinly & sierrams, trust me I see the ASB too when I look at him! I actually thought he was an ASB when I saw him at first, he's very refined for a Morgan, especially one of his age! And those ears! Those are ASB ears in my book lol. I like it though, it adds his own little bit of flare to him :)
Drumrunner, you are correct that the majority of Morgan are taught to stand 'parked out' when they are displayed. I was trying to get him to stand a bit more square,but the ground does slope the tiniest bit down behind him, I'll see if I can snap a shot of him on the concrete barn isle to help later.
Thanks for all the compliments guys! I can't wait to see how his overall physique changes once we start really working on his stretching and bending exercises under saddle :) I'd love to see that topline fill in just a tad more to help with those withers too :)
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    02-13-2012, 12:53 PM
Green Broke
Gotcha, I didn't know if it was something that all Morgans did because they are bred for it and most get it naturally or if it was just something they were trained to do...
    02-13-2012, 12:55 PM
Whoah! More replies by the time I got done typing on my phone lol. BaileyJo, he is not gaited, though that would be fun to have lol.

I'll try to grab some more pictures of him on concrete when I head out tomorrow for you guys! I'll do one parked out and one square so you can see the difference it would make with him :)
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    02-13-2012, 12:56 PM
It is definitely a trained stance. Just used to show them off in the in hand classes. We also teach the saddleseat horses to park out under saddle while in line up. Pretty much just a 'pretty' stance lol
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    02-13-2012, 12:58 PM
This might explain why we see the Saddlebred look in him.... about halfway down the page.
    02-13-2012, 01:04 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for filling me in! Neat stuff..
    02-13-2012, 01:09 PM
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.

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