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    09-21-2013, 03:56 PM
Thanks and I have no idea but his stride is very compfy and is easy to sit to he's been riding a year and think he has been racing since he was young he is now 9 his regosterd name is Sherwood jasper and seems to be well known
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    09-21-2013, 04:10 PM
I just had to chime in when you said "Jasper"! I "free lease" a bay standardbred named Jasper He doesn't have any special paces, so I don't know about that, but I agree with the rest, they are very sweet etc! I've found him to be very forgiving training wise.
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    09-21-2013, 05:28 PM
They're usually being cross tied, for hours, as it is easier to get them hitched and going. Try that instead of tying him against a wall.
And forgiving...YES, they have to be. I rented a barn at a big breeding/ training facility, and noticed they're not always treated nicely. Affection from people only if they're lucky having a female groom. Other than that it's very much down to business and sometimes quite rough.
    09-21-2013, 05:41 PM
Sorry what do you mean by cross tied? And im not sure of his past but when I girth him or mounting he lifts his leg to kick out is quite unusual :S but I don't mind this as its something I can either put up with its not nasty or gradually get him to stop but he seems very affectionate and willing to do what I ask of him
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    09-21-2013, 05:46 PM
His last owners seem pretty nice they raced him and seem to really care of his welfare as they are keeping in touch with me :)
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    09-21-2013, 05:47 PM
Cross tied means a tie strap coming from both sides of an isle or washstall and hook into both sides of the halter, like leading with two people, one left, one right. So they're facing the isle, not a wall.
The girth problem might be from his racing times. As I said, these grooms are not very " tender", they just throw on the tack and out he goes. Can't blame him, really.
    09-21-2013, 05:50 PM
How are your girthing him up? He may appreciate a slow and steady as opposed to a quick and fast girth up. They tend to be a wonderful combination of partner and babysitter. I think it depends on the owner, some are very involved and care very deeply for their horses for others its a means to an end.
    09-21-2013, 07:43 PM
Originally Posted by midnight dream    
here are some pictures of him :)

*grabby hands*

    09-21-2013, 08:41 PM
Ahh right not sure ill be able to cross tie him as don't have anywhere I can do that and yes I suppose and no I do it slow one hole at a time. And yes they seem to care about him but the way they speek of the owners before them he was basicly used a something to race.
Lol thanks borntorun :)
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    09-21-2013, 09:57 PM
First, congrats and welcome to the world of Standardbreds! I have had the pleasure of being an ambassador of the breed for almost 20 years. I got started in racing, and after working the TB track, was a pleasant surprise to find the Standardbreds such a fantastic and sane breed! They do get better treatment then the TBs do so I think that goes pretty far.

My current OTSTB is a 11 year old trotter who raced until 9. I first started riding him we had a lot of quirks to get through. He was a terrible puller on the track and it took the Pee Wee bit to get him off my hands. Family and work made riding inconsistent but in the last year he has really done great. He does walk, trot, and canter but will have a great dog walk and will pick up the smoothest rack/single foot I've sat in a long time.

My guy will kick out some (track habits die hard) and he is just now figuring out the legs and seat is not just for annoying him :)

I'm hoping to show next year for the World Standardbred Show in Ohio (Too late for me this year) and start driving him again come springtime, probably after Mardi Gras. I'm planning on riding in 2 parades only but hopefully we can find some gaited shows to go to and I"d love to try gaited dressage.

Enjoy your boy and as we say on the trail "ride the glide"
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