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.