I am quite a novice in the horsie world I’m not freighted to say it J I recently took on my first “project horse” a 15.3, 3 year old Sandardbred ex pacer. I have to say this young boy has impressed me so much in the short time that I have had him. He is so bold and affectionate; he is a very quick learner who will do anything to have my attention!! He is extremely sensible and when presented with a new item or situation he handles it calmly and works his way through, all for the all important words “good boy” from me and an affectionate pat. Supposedly this is not an unusual personality for a Standardbred, calm, intelligent horses that thrive on attention.
What I would really liked to know though, is why since I have had my new boy do I so often hear the words “He is a really good looking boy for a Standardbred” or the ones I love the most “he doesn’t look like a Standardbred” the later is normally said, after someone has told me what a handsome boy he is and what good confirmation he has. When I proudly say that he is a Standardbred, It is like they feel they have to justify why they said he is good looking with good confirmation.
Why do people seem to think that Standardbreds are less of a horse because of their breed?