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    10-12-2012, 12:57 PM
  #21
Weanling
Several of you have written nice tributes to the breed. They sound really nice. Thanks for writing about your experiences with them.
     
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    10-12-2012, 07:22 PM
  #22
Weanling
Its my understanding alot of the speed racking horses are standardbreds and their crosses. As the poster with the youtube video showed. Seems to be a mighty smooth ride when they get up to speed.

Something I want to try one day.
     
    10-12-2012, 10:30 PM
  #23
Started
It's pretty comfy, fast or slow. Whenever my mare does it I can't help but giggle(:
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    10-12-2012, 10:32 PM
  #24
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Lexiie    
It's pretty comfy, fast or slow. Whenever my mare does it I can't help but giggle(:

When I get the chance,,,i doubt i'll do much giggling... but I know i'll be grinning like a mule eating briars.
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    10-12-2012, 10:49 PM
  #25
Started
Ha I laughed so much when I took my boy out for his first real trail where we went faster than a walk. I must have looked crazy to the people who saw us. I was laughing the entire time and telling him how amazing he was and he was just rotating between a flat out gallop and a canter.

I think you do have to be careful with how you retrain them. They have a lot more experience than the average green broke to ride horse. You have to work with that knowledge because you can't erase it.
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    10-21-2012, 01:19 PM
  #26
Weanling
My MIL has ex pacers and they were my first serious step into the horse world. To be honest, I love the size but I find them to be very single person oriented. They have one person and that is it. I actually got on a lot better with my MIL's Appy filly than I did her Stb's and I spent a lot of time with them, grooming, feeding, and a little riding. I'm not a Stb fan despite my time spent with them.

They are smart and strong, not the prettiest but they have a few handsome lookers. They can be very strong willed. I never really met a very compliant Stb either and they never seemed like eager people pleasers. I always took them as smart horses that needed a challenge to be kept interested.
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    10-21-2012, 01:58 PM
  #27
Trained
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Originally Posted by Joidigm    
My MIL has ex pacers and they were my first serious step into the horse world. To be honest, I love the size but I find them to be very single person oriented. They have one person and that is it. I actually got on a lot better with my MIL's Appy filly than I did her Stb's and I spent a lot of time with them, grooming, feeding, and a little riding. I'm not a Stb fan despite my time spent with them.

They are smart and strong, not the prettiest but they have a few handsome lookers. They can be very strong willed. I never really met a very compliant Stb either and they never seemed like eager people pleasers. I always took them as smart horses that needed a challenge to be kept interested.
I second, well, almost, your second paragraph. I don't find them strong willed. They ARE intelligent and therefore remind me a lot of Arabs. But they are much more forgiving than Arabs. Especially if you take into consideration the average treatment they receive when on the track. Not always nice. And yes, they attach themselves to one person if this person keeps them interested.
     
    11-19-2012, 11:43 PM
  #28
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tracer    
Most people hear the word Standardbred and think of braindead Thoroughbreds that look like this.

Personally, I love Standardbreds. I've never ridden one or worked with one, but every one of them I have met has been friendly and good-natured. On top of that, I've heard wonderful success stories, and I'm actually planning to buy one in the future.

I must ask though, as a fellow novice rider, are you breaking him to saddle yourself? It's been recommended to me to buy one that is already broken, or send one to a trainer, so I'm curious.

Also, photos are very much required
Sorry I didn't realise people had asked questions on this post! Yes I backed my Standard bred Max myself, with the advice of someone with a lot of experience. Due to him being ridden by a novice rider I put a bit of time into lunging him and getting him responding to voice commands to try and help the process of training him when I got on him. I also put a bit of time in ensuring he understood how to stand quietly on the spot, not the easiest task I discovered to teach a fidgety 3 year old!

I have to say that now having Max under saddle for about 2 weeks he continues to amaze me. He takes most things in his stride and is relaxed and fairly confident. I have had two situations now where things could have turned sour however due to his relaxed attitude he has probably saved me from a nasty fall.
The first time I had him in a paddock with another horse and I was walking and trotting him around to get both our balances to be honest. Someone fired a shot gun from not far away. The horse with me bolted, Max my boy simply raised his head had a look then calmly carried on. The second occasion I had a guy drive past me on the road home decide it would be funny to scare Max. He slowed down and gave a sudden loud hoot out the window. Again max put his head up had a look at the guy in the car then put his head back down all without breaking his stride.

The only downside I have found is that being a novice rider I do not have the best balance and I am now trying to teach a young wobbly horse how to be balanced! We will get there, but that part will be a long slow process I think.
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    11-20-2012, 12:57 AM
  #29
Foal
I have to chime in here and put in a good word for the Standies. We own 2 Standardbred geldings, a coming 12 yr old, and a 6 yr old=12 yr old raced, the 6 yr old was track trained but showed no speed to proceed to race.

My boy, Justice-12 yr old-is an incredible horse> He is a 15.3hh very dark bay-almost black looking beauty. I have not had anybody guess that he is a Standie-I have been asked TB, Appendix, or even WB. He is an amazing horse to ride, sure footed, incredible trail horse-w,t,c and very easy to collect for flatwork etc. Have never had him spook at anything-he is my dream horse=not for a green rider however. He can have a bit of attitude at times---nothing serious-you just need to be firm at times.

Hubbies horse, 6 yr old Deiter is an incredible horse - we got him when he was 3 1/2=broke to the training cart--not enough speed to race however.
Had him for several months and just let him get used to our place and learn to relax=he had been handled roughly by one person-a man-and it took a bit of time for him to learn to trust.

I backed him a couple of times-he was great-no problem with me being on him. We decided to send him to a local trainer for a month-my hubby had never been around a horse in his life and Deiter had the making of an incredible horse. He has a great personality and is very bonded to my husband. Deiter was exposed to everything my trainer could throw at him-broke western for the trails. He will go anywhere you point him at-he is super steady-he looks after my husband with great care. He had a dog jump out at him while on a road ride-he sidestepped one step-hubby lost his balance and was literally hanging onto his neck to stay on-his leg had slipped back and was digging into Deiters flank. I could see Deiter actually tense to counter balance himself so he could stay steady while my hubby tried to stay on-which he did. I think he would have come off any other horse-even Justice. It was at that moment that I realized that Deiter would do whatever he could to take care of Dan-he walks very careful through the brush and logs, is absolutely rock steady around traffic, unflappable in bad weather, wind etc. I cannot even think of putting a price on Deiter-to me he is priceless-he amazes me every day-and to see how confident my husband has become as a rider and as a horseperson - thanks to Deiter=makes me almost tear up.

So yes I love the Standardbred. Just as everyone loves their breed of choice. But don't write off the Standies-they truly are wonderful horses.
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    11-20-2012, 01:30 AM
  #30
Foal
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