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  • Standardbreds in eventing
  • Can standardbreds make good eventing horses?

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    01-27-2012, 09:25 AM
I love his color and he seems to built good from what I can tell in the pics..I trained at a clinic in texas when I was younger and evented on a paint/QH cross and he absolutly loved to jump! And he wasn't but 14.2 h..but he just lept over those jumps..i's not all about what breed they are, but what kind of heart the horses has for jumping.
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    01-27-2012, 08:23 PM
My standardbred(now retired to trails only) was a VERY slow learner. But that might have been because I was learning dressage and she was learning with me. We never got a really solid frame set...but we were close. And how she jumped... point her over anything and she'd jump it. High and fast
Her trot was killer bumpy but if you could hold on you could make a lot of process. And I've never met another horse willing to stretch as much as she was. Suzie was also dead to the leg...REALLY dead to the leg.
In less than half a year we made really good progress for an out of shape couple. We just never got past her PMS and dead to the legness.
I would say try to event. Standardbreds are great all around horses and I'm sure you could shape you horse into something
-sorry for going on so long :)
    01-27-2012, 08:35 PM
Yeah I agree I was just wondering about it because of there back length and thank you I love him
    01-31-2012, 07:13 PM
As long as it's not a pacer I don't see why it couldn't be a perfectly good lower-level event horse.
    02-01-2012, 12:14 PM
No I've never seen him pace, he's only 2 and I know he never raced, I got him in Amish country so I think he was just going to be farm horse but he was the wrong color.
    02-01-2012, 12:23 PM
I own a Standardbred mare (ex pacer) and my goal is to make a dressage horse out of her. I've seen some amazing Standie jumpers. They are very brave and their heart is something spectacular. They will give you 110% of themselves in whatever you ask. In my experience, I've found Standies highly intelligent and willing to learn. From what I've seen, they are rare to spook - they prefer to really look at something, maybe 'sneak' up on it... I think I've only seen a Standie really spook once, when a bird flew out of tall grass in the field. That sent the entire herd racing across the field, but I think it was more of a follow the leader type thing.

As you can probably tell, I'm a huge fan of Standardbreds. What they're suited for is all relative to their conformation and the individual horse. Your horse can be trained for eventing, but his success in it is dependant on his desire to do it. He will jump and gallop for you if you ask, but he may not enjoy it. That is the incredible heart of this breed. You'll be able to tell if he enjoys it though.
    02-05-2012, 03:05 AM
My mare is an ex-pacer and before she came to me she did low level dressage and I started training her in some light jumping, but only for fun, and it didn't last long because although she had a lovely jump she just didn't have the right conformation for any serious jumping. So again, it depends on the individual horse.

It sounds like yours isn't a full standardbred, probably a cross, because in Australia at least you'd never have a pinto or buckskin standie, they're always solid, either bay, black or chestnut, with not a large amount of white.
    02-05-2012, 03:18 PM
Thanks for all the input And No he's not a full standee he has some paint in him. He just has a standee body type.
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    02-05-2012, 03:36 PM
I had a QH/Stb filly. She was built very similar to your guy and had much the same background. Amish bred, came through an auction...

It took me a while to hone in her trot, but she was very levelheaded and athletic. I didn't event at the time, primarily showed hunters and first level dressage (which now I struggle to do with my WB).

With horses it's all about heart. I had a 14.2 HH QH that easily could compete at 4'6"... take it slow and see where he takes you.
    02-10-2012, 10:49 AM
Originally Posted by Misty'sGirl    
in Australia at least you'd never have a pinto or buckskin standie
Actually... I have a friend who owns a pinto standie and is planning on importing another. There's also ANOTHER person in my state who I know online with a pinto standie. They're not common but they DO exist. And all three horses have neck-brands which, here, is the quickest way to identify a standie as a standie. No other breed is routinely neck-branded.

Creme also exists in the Standardbred breed, but again it's rare. Coloured standies aren't considered good racehorses and because the majority of the breed is bred with the purpose of racing in mind, colour is bred out of them.

So, it is possible that OP's horse COULD be full standardbred, but unlikely.

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