Parked out, the reason behind it?
I was wondering why so many gaited breeders and trainers train their horses to stand "parked out"? What is the reason for this, and how did it come about?
I have noticed my mare Chloe standing slightly "parked", is it in their breeding, because i have never asked her to do so.
Thank you! :-)
its easier to mount and dismount this way. plus nothing looks as nice and stylish as a horse parked out.
If you horse is parking out now and wasn't before I'd be on the look out for hoof issues. It's a classic warning sign of laminitis or short trims.
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Having a horse "park out" has three historical purposes:
First, it made the horse easier to mount. It lowers the back and it prevents the horse from moving while the rider mounts. The downside is that it makes the back much weaker and more prone to injury if mounting is ineptly done.
Second, it looks attractive to some people.
Third, it's a wonderful way to hide conformational defects.
If done naturally, it is often because the horse has curby hocks, a trait common in twh. They were encouraged to park out for mounting but it places a tremendous amount of strain on the horse. When a horse is correctly parked out, he is over his front legs with the hind stretched out behind. The fronts should never be in front of the natural position.
Also, parking out was done by riders in English saddles, and there is not a lot to grab onto with them.
And it gave rider time to gather up reins and get settled in saddle too.
If your horse walks off before the rider is ready the horse is poorly trained.
I'm aware of the propensity of Walkers for "sickle hocks." Parking out hides that defect.
I'm not sure I buy the concept that parking out can ever be "natural." It's not a stance that the horse would take of it's own accord. The argument that it relieves stress on the legs is countered by the fact that it grossly weakens the back.
Not something I would recommend, I'm afraid.
My gelding Parks out when he takes a leak..... that seems like a fairly natural thing for him to do. I see alot of older gentleman at field trials who have horses taught to park out because they insist on riding 16.2-16.3 horses and just cant climb aboard. Not really my box of cookies. If my horse wont stand or I cant climb on its time to re evaluate something.
^I think most horses (geldings) do that while going pee.
Guilherme--You're correct that it's bad equitation, but I'm pretty sure it's one of the most common 'bad equitations'. xD
Jimmyp the stance of a urinating gelding is NOT the stance of a parked out horse. Further, I don't see anybody jumping up on a horse's back while it's taking a leak. :wink:
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