I just got my standie Oct of last year and I love her! She's the horse in my avatar. She's a 14yr old ex broodie I adopted off of her breeders. I used to turn my nose up at them too, because the only two that I ever rode had a god awful trot and a draft horse head on a pony body. :P
My sister started working at Winning Key Farm as foal watch for them in March of last year, and that's how I got my first look at some really well bred Standardbreds. They have gorgeous BIG mares. Thia is 16+ hands and they consider her to be on the small side! lol. When I saw that they had some old broodies up for adoption I didn't think twice because they are NICE mares.
Anyway, lol, I just backed her myself in Nov and it was the easiest time I ever had. Now I know that they are used to having stuff strapped to them and all that, but she took to the saddle and me riding her like she was doing it her whole life. When I finally got on she was like "So this is what all the fuss was about?" lol. She is very level headed, and just a tad on the lazy side. I am definately (sp?) going to get another Standie in the future. I think Thia has def. converted me. :)
Almost done, I promise! ;) I guess there are two different types of standies? One is a trotter and another a pacer? The barn manager never said anything about Thia, but my sis is going today to look at a mare they have up for adoption, and the BM said she was a pacer mare. I know Thia has never paced for me while I was working or riding her, and I haven't seen her do it in the field, so my question is, is there really two "types" of standies?
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Fpzipsdreammachine "Booty" 2006 AQHA mare