Pennsylvania 14 year old TWH ridden in mild jointed snaffle and western saddle in round pen by intermediate level rider.
Question: We own a TWH, who doesn't park. Is this a learned trait? He
has the best lineage (grandson of Ebonies Masterpiece)and can do just about
anything-excempt park..I start by squaring him up, and then raising his
head, I pull him a bit forward, to park. I am asking him
From Panelists Lee
Parking out is indeed a learned habit. At first, in addition to asking him to raise his head after he is standing square, tap the back of his front fetlocks with the toe of your boot (tap, not kick) to get him to move each front hoof forward. (you can also use a touch from a whip on the cannons to ask him to move each one forward). As you are doing this, repeat the command "park out" (or whatever cue you want, just keep it consistent). When he is parked as far as you desire, praise him, let him stand a moment, then back him up and repeat the process. Don't ask a horse to move forward directly from a parked position, let him regain his balance by taking a step back before you move him.
As with anything else, practice practice practice is what produces results. Park him out every time you work with him -- even if all you are doing is a routine grooming. In time the position will become second nature to him, and he may park without any cue at all whenever stopped.
Good luck with your horse.
From Panelist Liz
When I teach the park and it must be taught. I back the horse to set
the backs first, this may mean you may have to go and hand set the back
hooves to. But give a verbal praise when it is done and then I do start
by hand setting the fronts to, also saying the word park and a
Their fronts should not be asked to be far out front like a saddle bred either. They should actually be up under the horse with the backs being more out to behind the horse.
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