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post #1 of 22 Old 07-19-2010, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Standard Breed Racing

I love riding horses, but I also love my job with standard breeds
We have 9 horses and it's just me and my boss
I started out doing stalls but now I jog all of them:)
I was just wondering if anyone else worked with them
Or if anyone had any:)
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-19-2010, 02:44 PM
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I was born and raised in the industry. Grandpa, grandma, dad, mom, uncle, aunt. They all have had a part in it. I also worked there after high school for a while but then got a real job. I miss it very much.

Oh, it is standardbred, not standard breeds.
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-19-2010, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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woops just realized that
My computer automatically changed it to that
Now everyone is going to think i'm an idiot oh well

Yeah got the job when I got out of high school
Unfortunately I will have to give it up soon to also get a real job:(
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-20-2010, 08:11 AM
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I own a standardbred gelding. He's a retired pacer. He's a pain in the butt though, talk about stubborn!

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post #5 of 22 Old 07-20-2010, 09:57 AM
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I work in the industry. Well, I'm 6 days away from my due date with baby #2 so I'm not working right now, but I have worked full time with standies for about 7 years. Tha last year or so I have been managing a rehab/breeding farm that does almost exclusively stdbs.
As for the real job thing....my folks said that about the horses. "When are you going to get a real job?!" Well, the stbds have paid my mortgage and bought new vehicles and generally supported my riding horse habit so it CAN be a real job. It has also allowed me the opportunity to travel, even in different countries. You have to seek out good trainers to work for and be prepared to work hard, but you can make a good living if you are smart about it. If you are very interested in it, consider giving it a try. I can say I genuinely enjoy my job every day. How many people with "real jobs" can say that?

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I worked at a training farm back in my day... Started out as a stall cleaner 30 15x15 stalls 6 days a week. Then I did stalls and got horses ready for thier jog miles and then I started driving them. After I got the hang of it, I would get to turn and burn a few on the track at the farm. Then the track life kicked in. I did it for about 5 yrs and finally got a real job and glad I did but I'm still paying for those long hard days....I have to say that the first time I sat behind one I thought OH Crap "thinking" all I see are hocks and azzhole....But dang it was fun while it lasted...

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LOL nice ^^ I have a 8 or 9 y/o mare that used to trot and pace but now she is retrained to saddle. :)
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post #8 of 22 Old 07-21-2010, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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I work in the industry. Well, I'm 6 days away from my due date with baby #2 so I'm not working right now, but I have worked full time with standies for about 7 years. Tha last year or so I have been managing a rehab/breeding farm that does almost exclusively stdbs.
As for the real job thing....my folks said that about the horses. "When are you going to get a real job?!" Well, the stbds have paid my mortgage and bought new vehicles and generally supported my riding horse habit so it CAN be a real job. It has also allowed me the opportunity to travel, even in different countries. You have to seek out good trainers to work for and be prepared to work hard, but you can make a good living if you are smart about it. If you are very interested in it, consider giving it a try. I can say I genuinely enjoy my job every day. How many people with "real jobs" can say that?
my mom used to work with them as well and was constantly hassled and looked down on everyday
Your very lucky not many people are happy with their jobs
I wish I could do something like that
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I worked at a training farm back in my day... Started out as a stall cleaner 30 15x15 stalls 6 days a week. Then I did stalls and got horses ready for thier jog miles and then I started driving them. After I got the hang of it, I would get to turn and burn a few on the track at the farm. Then the track life kicked in. I did it for about 5 yrs and finally got a real job and glad I did but I'm still paying for those long hard days....I have to say that the first time I sat behind one I thought OH Crap "thinking" all I see are hocks and azzhole....But dang it was fun while it lasted...
30 stalls?!
I feel like 9 stalls takes me awhile
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I just adopted a 17 year old Standardbred who was retired from racing and became a broodmare. She's a real sweetheart with exceptional manners. I've never before worked with STB's, just Thoroughbreds, and I am now totally hooked.

Shesinthebarn: My mare's papers say that she was kept in Ontario at one point in her life, at a breeding farm most likely. I wonder if there ever was a connection. =)
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