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post #11 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ya so I am definitely thinking he is not parking. He doesn't do it with any consistency so I am thinking it's more nerves or maybe girth pinching. Time will tell. I have only been working with him since October and he has been officially my horse since Christmas so I am sure more things will pop up as he has quite the personality. He can be snotty( I am learning not to put up with it) at times but mostly he is very affectionate and quite curious.
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post #12 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 02:50 PM
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Just an FYI...

If your horses is standing ackward like that he may be trying to get weight off another part of his body b/c of pain. Could be a back issue (may need to see a chiro), could be a foot issue (such as founder or laminitis). Can you post photos of him standing like you are describing?

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There's a really obnoxious horse at my barn who does this. I didn't know of course until the first time I took him out to lunge. He often stands in the cross ties and puts his chest low to the ground while leaving his butt up. It was killing me trying to figure it out, i'd never seen a horse do that before! Turns out, his previous owner taught him to do it as a daily stretch routine (interesting....) and he was performing because I had an orange hoof pick in my hand that looked suspiciously like a carrot. Once I figured this out and let him realize it wasn't a carrot he gave up trying to work for it.

Is there a way you could talk to the previous owner about this?
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I used to have a horse that new how to park but you had to tap her on her front legs to get her to do it.

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post #15 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Just an FYI...

If your horses is standing ackward like that he may be trying to get weight off another part of his body b/c of pain. Could be a back issue (may need to see a chiro), could be a foot issue (such as founder or laminitis). Can you post photos of him standing like you are describing?
I can try. It doesn't seem like pain. Last night it was more of this thought running through his head " Whoa what is that thing" and pushed back without moving really moving anything but maybe his front hooves sliding back a little. So that's when I thought maybe he was nervous and then thought well maybe he was taught to do that, IDK I just like to know why he does that things he does. Like I said he did it with me on his back at a gymkhana out of nowhere like he's bored and then another time at the same gymkhana in his pen( I think the saddle was still on---) so maybe it was girth pinch. He did it another time I had him at the hitching post with nothing on and just decided it was time for a "stretch". So that's what I mean about no consistency. So I don't know if he does it when nervous, bored, or just a stretch. He doesn't ever seem to be in any pain. He just had his feet done, sheath cleaned and teeth floated and I rub all over him to see if he is showing soreness and he just practically falls alseep. Sorry this reply is so long I just wanted to make sure all the facts were out there
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We have an old cowboy cutting horse (QH) who parks out. But he does it by bowing down in front, and letting the rider step up on his bent front leg. We don't do it, because he's got arthritis in his fronts, but he knows how!
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There's a really obnoxious horse at my barn who does this. I didn't know of course until the first time I took him out to lunge. He often stands in the cross ties and puts his chest low to the ground while leaving his butt up. It was killing me trying to figure it out, i'd never seen a horse do that before! Turns out, his previous owner taught him to do it as a daily stretch routine (interesting....) and he was performing because I had an orange hoof pick in my hand that looked suspiciously like a carrot. Once I figured this out and let him realize it wasn't a carrot he gave up trying to work for it.

Is there a way you could talk to the previous owner about this?
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yep that's what he does but I still can't figure out what triggers him to do it. It doesn't bother him or me but I was just curious. The previous owners didnt care much about him. She pretty much just wanted to be rid of him and from what little I was told he has just been passed around. They told my FIL he had to be blindfolded to load in a trailer, all my FIL did was say load up and he literally jumped in and stood quiet no blindfold necessary. So previous owners are out they would probably tell me to get rid of him.
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I had a Percheron Standarbred cross that would do that when he was scared, but I wouldnt let him run away. Especially when we were crossing bridges. OI!
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post #19 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 03:29 PM
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my mini parks out in the cart, it was originally a back issue but we fixed now, it's a comfort thing when he's tired. And if he has a header he REALLY stretches for it.
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post #20 of 28 Old 01-14-2011, 04:05 PM
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I am days away from embarking on this endeavour! I got my girl parked out once, but with help, and intend to have help in traiing her to park on command.

I'll start a thread when I get going!
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