Thanks nobleequinecare my boy is lovely (though I am biased) and yes very compact, just the way I like them. Your Standies Bella and Monty are just gorgeous. Gothicangel69 your Afterflash has the sweetest face. Howclever - Phoniex and Kody are stunning, but I do love the look of Miss Romance, plus she is the ideal height LOL!! - I am so looking forward in seeing more standies....
I just got Flash about a month ago, so at the moment I'm working on his weight gain and groundwork to get him ready for the saddle (he was pretty underweight when I got him). He also had a bad tendon injury last winter so I'm working on reconditioning that as well.
He's probably going to be a big boy though as he's already 15.2 and is still growing like a weed.
I'm not sure what I will be doing with him when he gets older. I figure ill just wait a few years and judge from there what he may be suitable for. Posted via Mobile Device
Angelina1 I hope you realise I ment compact in a good way, he is a lovely boy, and with my black boy I've experienced the same thing with his height in the ring, he has still done very well but its gone against him, In the mare's ring height doesnt seem to affect the placings as much
Here is one of my past boys Transformation He sadly was sold on as he was not sound for full work/ competition.
NobleEquineCare I did take "compact" in a good way as that is what I love about him - I have always called him my compact pony... Isn't funny how height goes against the boys and not the mares in the show ring.
Your past boy was very nice, what a shame he was not sound enough for the show ring...
Here's my collection of Standardbreds that I've had the complete pleasure in owning over the past 8, nearly 9 years!!
~Bailey~ (race name: Maree Module, 1997 NZ Standardbred mare. 14.2hh.)
This mare was my first horse, and we had a lot of differences, being a young mare when I got her. She was very mareish, but had a heart of gold. Her favourite past time was eating, and disliked not eating I sold her in 2009 to a young girl who now rides her and has taken her to a different level :)
~April~ (race name: Miss Wood Pulp (bless her!) 1991 NZ Standardbred mare. 15.1hh.)
I rescued April in 2003 from neglect... and she was my "do everything with" horse. Sadly in her previous ownership she was thrashed up and down hills without proper warming up/cooling down, so she suffered from arthritis in both back hocks. I wanted to further my riding career, and she needed to slow down, so I sold her in 2007 to a lovely home who had her until last December where she retired early and crossed the rainbow bridge to be out of pain.
~Evolution (Evo)~ (race name: Franco Gentry 1997 NZ Standardbred gelding. 16.1hh.)
Evo was my first unbroken horse, and was brought as my future dressage mount. He was a very expressive horse, with large, elevated movement that stumped a lot of riders when they first rode him. He was professionally started by Standardbred Sporthorses NZ after a year of plodding around with me... he was everything I dreamed of and more. However after a freak accident with my young mare, I shattered my leg and never have regained full strength as it was already weakened by a knee problem. As much as it broke my heart, I had to sell him earlier in the year to a lovely home where he's super happy and being ridden - his favourite thing. He will be a show horse that'll turn heads XD Though I do miss his attention and snuggles - he was a typical Mummy's Boy!
~Lovebug (Honey)~ (race name: Lively Belle, 2003 NZ Standardbred mare. 15hh est.)
Honey was my youngest horse when I got her in Aug 08. She had just been sacked from racing due to being "unstoppable" and her previous owner reckoned she needed a bullet rather than a riding career. After winter she was backed and started quietly in Oct 08 and has been the most easiest horse to teach. We get along incredibly well, we're both stubborn so we have our arguments, but we both have a love for working together and do so quite well. She's going to excel as an allrounder, I hope to get some confidence and jump after many years of not doing so. But I want to focus on dressage, and hopefully we'll get out competing in the next year. Sadly for us both, we were in a freak accident in 2009 and I shattered my leg, so she was a pasture pony whilst I regained my confidence in life and learned to walk again. It was this Jan that I got back up in the saddle, and have been trying to get the weight she gained in excess from doing nothing off! We're definitely in our "before" stage and I can't wait to be able to share our progress and hard work in the near future.
^ An old pic for fun haha.
Sorry I got a bit picture happy... hope you enjoy! Everyone's horses are just lovely!
I love this thread and I can't wait to show off my Standardbred mare when I finally bring her home.
I do have a question though -- She is sound and has been used as a broodmare for the last 10 years. My hope is to bring her back to riding shape and to use her as a trail mount with the occasional low jump if we both feel brave. Am I correct to assume that a sound, healthy 16 year old mare should have a handful of good years left in her to tool around the trails, do some cantering and pop over some fallen logs? I've never ridden a horse older than 8 or 10, and I have to admit I'm not very familiar with 'senior' horses. If this was any other mare, I'd probably pass her up due to the age... but this mare is extremely special to me.
Hi Courtney - You have stated that your mare is sound and I pressume she is also healthy so your mare with good care and exercise will have years left in her for trail riding. She is a lovely age and will relish in her "new" career. My youngest daughter rides an 18 year old Standardbred who has never had a lame day in his life - she has been teaching him to run barrels for fun and exercise and he loves it.
I also went to a horse clinic a few years ago and a lady with her lovely Standardbred gelding was beside us, I knew her horse had some age to him and when I enquired as to his age, she informed me that he was 30 years old and she still rides him every day, does clinics etc. and he was very healthly, sound and fit, just a little grey.
I believe that in keeping a horse, healthy, fit, sound and thier mind active they can ride into thier late 20's and some beyond. Our horses are living longer in our care, which means they are capable of working/riding longer. I have also seen horses that suddenly retire go downhill very quickly.
I have my original pony (welsh mountain) still living with me and he was born in 1968 (yes he is 43 years old this year), he taught all my children to ride and I taught many other children to ride with him. The children rode him until he was 35 years old - he told us when he had had enough. He still has a job, babysitting my filly and I believe that due to him being active and had a purpose this has contributed to his long life...
So with good care you and your mare will have many years of riding and fun together. I am looking forward to your mare's photos...
This is my mare Sweet Pea, who I no longer own. She was to be young and in foal when we traded for her. Well, she wasn’t young and we had a still born foal. We still rode this mare and just traded her for a younger mare a couple 2 years ago. The younger mare didn’t work out, but Sweet Pea was to older and needed a slower life. At the time I was riding 30 miles in a weekend on Sweet Pea, plus training her for barrels. Here are some pictures of her. She was a unregistered horse, but she paced. She also was a fast girl, she would out beat any horse I put her against unless you mixed her in barrels.
Barrel training at home years ago, I was about 14 or 15.
This is why we never made it in the barrel racing. She would rear up, every barrel race show over the barrels.
She was a powerhouse
Here we come
I have worked with many Standardbreds and love the breed. The ones I worked with where racing ones, pacers and a couple trotters. I can’t wait to have another Standardbred.
Thanks, Angelina! Your story really helped set my mind at ease about my precious Vanna. Aside from a bit of a belly from being on grass and having babies, my mare is in good shape. I plan to work her up very gently and bring her into riding shape slowly. Just knowing that I could have another 10-15 years riding with her is such a relief! Even if I only get 4 or 5, it will be a joy to have her back with me.