Generator's Charmer exhibiting a perfect park.

Teaching the Colt to Park Out
I recommend using a good fitting halter and then run a chain under his chin, snapping it to the other side. This is especially important if it is a stud colt, but I recommend it on fillies too.

1. When you lead the colt, your right hand should be on the leather portion of the halter under the chin, the left hand is holding the lead rope with the chain running under the chin of the colt. Be sure you are holding the chain to lead the colt in your left hand and be sure your fingers on your right hand are not touching the chain, but only the halter. If, for instance, the colt acts up and doesn’t want to lead properly, you might need to jerk the chain with your left hand as a reprimand and you do not want your fingers in the way.
2. When leading the colt, stop him, face him and push him backward, with your hand on the bottom of the halter, in an effort to get his two back feet side by side.
3. Once the back feet are in place, pull up and out on this head and tell him to “come out” or “park out”.
4. Sometimes a colt will just walk right out with his two front feet – if so, consider yourself Lucky!!! Sometimes they will start to move out with their front feet, but their back feet move. Start over by repositioning the two back feet side by side.
5. Again pull “up” and “out,” giving the command to “come out.”
6. Use your right foot to place the colt’s front feet in the proper position while continuing to hold the head up and out and continuing to give the command “come out” or “park out.”   Use the same verbal command at all times.
7. If this is not working, place your left hand on the bottom of the halter, pull up and out, say “come out,” put your right hand on the withers of the horse and gently pinch and rock the withers while you are placing their front feet forward with your right foot. (If the back feet move, reposition them and start over.)
8. You can also gently punch the side of the shoulder with your thumb while you are asking the colt to park out (It teaches the colt to come out when his shoulder is touched, which is useful for parking under saddle at a later date.)  The front feet should be positioned directly under the withers, with the body of the colt/horse thrown forward slightly.
9. The front feet should always be on HIGHER ground than the back feet (or at least on the same level – NEVER HAVE THE BACK FEET ON HIGHER GROUND THAN THE FRONT FEET.)
10. Once the colt has parked out, tell the colt to hold the position as you step out in front of him. Bump up his head – NEVER LET HIM HANG HIS HEAD. You can give him a firm bump in the mouth or you can bump the chain under his chin. The head should be held high.
11. If the colt moves, tell him to “whoa” and reposition his feet, again making him stay in the parked out position.  Never allow the colt to move out of position before you are ready for him to move.
12. After he has been in position for a reasonable length of time (maybe 30 seconds to a minute the first time, gradually increasing the time) take hold of his halter, click to him, walk forward and release him from the position. At that time, you can pet him if has been good, but ABSOLUTELY NO PETTING when you are working with him. When you do pet him, pet him strongly.

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Last Updated: March 28, 2017

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