My Morgan/QH pony often stands parked out when she is standing in the crossties. She does it before and after I ride her. It looks comparable to how a horse moves to a comfortable standing position. She moves her front hooves forward and her hind hooves back. The right and left hooves are perfectly even with each other.
I've only owned her for 4 months and I don't know her medical or training history. To my knowlegde she was just a western trail/backyard horse. She is between 8 and 10 years old. She seems to be perfectly healthy and although I have not had a vet check her out yet, I do have several very knowledgeable and experienced horse people/trainers around me and they haven't seen it as something terribly wrong/unhealthy.
She used to be short-strided. I had my farrier watch her go and hoof test her since I was worried that she had previously foundered. There was absolutely no reaction to the hoof testers, even when he got out the heavy-duty pair. So we ruled that out, but put front shoes on her just to test it out. She has become much more confident and is no longer short strided or unwilling to spend time and put weight on her front hooves.
However, she still parks out. I'm not sure if she does this when out in the pasture.
Could there be something seriously wrong with her? Or do some Morgans naturally stand like this and I'm just being a worried horse owner?