09-28-2010, 03:46 PM
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My friend shows her standie in speed events. He is a rtired trotter (not a pacer) and does pretty well. It took a lot of work, because a lot of standies have trouble with lead changes. It's just not natural for them! As for build, the build is SO different from horse to horse, bloodline to bloodline. Yes, they are built for speed, but for speed on the straight away - more go than whoa. One thing most standies have going for them is their work ethic. Most are hard working horses who give their all and try so hard to please.
Do you have a standardbred? Many states/provinces have standardbred shows. You might want to look into that. They are a great way to connect to other standie owners. Try the USTA website.