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post #1 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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anyone have a horse that "parks"?

Apparently Brown knows how to "park". Its very strange and I have heard of people even having thier horse get down very low for mounting. Last night when I brought a small step stool over to brown to mount he got down really low now he has done a variation of this before but the stirrups were touching the ground. He is roughly 16.1 hh and I am 5'3 so my stirrups are short. He stayed like that even as I approached him, I wasn't about to get on like that because I didn't know what to expect. He has done the same thing at dismount before too but again not that low. Anyone have any expierence with this?
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Is it something he was taught? Are you sure he was parked out, and didn't have to urinate?

I know that Morgans and Saddlebreds are taught to park out when shown in hand, but I wasn't aware it was used as a mounting aid.
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Iv never exprienced it but I would imagine that he would of had to be trained to do it. If you want to get him out of it I would say try getting a leg up while he is walking or reapetitly get on of
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I have heard of TWH specifically being taught to park out for mounting. Personally I don't care for it, just seems like it wouldn't be good for their legs and back, etc...
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I have a Morgan that was taught to park out as he was originally intended to be a halter horse. Nobody has asked him for it in at least 2 years but if he's nervous, he tends to park out. He's never done it under saddle, mostly while in the cross ties and if I go scratch his butt and talk to him, he'll go back to standing normally.

It's not something desirable for me (he's being trained in dressage now) but I'm not going to punish him for it, just go reassure him that everything is fine (since it's something he does when nervous) and gently get him to go back to standing normally.
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I have heard of TWH specifically being taught to park out for mounting. Personally I don't care for it, just seems like it wouldn't be good for their legs and back, etc...
I kind of thought it would be bad for them too. Kinda like when your kids get on your back and then you try to get up with them still on.

It's not like the urinating postition either. I only call it a park because that's the only horsey term I could find. The position is more of the way a dog stretches with butt up in the air and chest to the ground. Maybe its not anything he was taught its just a wierd quirk he has. I don't know much about him prior to my FIL getting him other than they had to load him into a trailer blindfolded .
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Sounds like his girth is pinching, and he's stretching to try and get it more comfortable. That's definitely not a park.

My Arabian gelding does something similar once in awhile. He wasn't taught to do it, either.
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Sounds like his girth is pinching, and he's stretching to try and get it more comfortable. That's definitely not a park.

My Arabian gelding does something similar once in awhile. He wasn't taught to do it, either.
Thanks I will have to check and make sure its not pinching. The only other thing I can think of is maybe he's nervous. As he did this when I brought out the stool and another time was at a gymkhana ( it was his first time out ). We were just standing there waiting and all of the sudden down he went, scared the heck out of me because I thought "oh no he's going to get down and roll" ( he loves to roll).
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While it could certainly be the girth pinching, my uncles horse was taught to this exact maneuver. All you had to do was pinch his withers a little and he would almost put his chest on the ground he went so low. OP, have you noticed that he tends to do it on cue? Say, when you set the stool next to him or when you say a certain word or perform a certain action?

Parking for halter is a much less exaggerated version, they stretch out but not nearly to the point of what I am referring. A few years ago they wanted it in Rocky halter classes but now they frown on it.(I don't see how they can really judge conformation with them stretched out like that anyway,lol)
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I taught my shetland pony to park out... this is the way they are shown.
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