Originally Posted by rookie
Yep love those off the track standardbreds. I also love on the track standardbreds as they are so easy to handle. The fear of poles maybe because your horse probably wore blinders at the track. The only white fencing he ever saw was right next to him. My families first Standardbred off the track was a great horse, who was at first afraid of water. He had to be allowed to sniff the water and see that it was not over his head. He had been swum at the track and it was not a kind process. More of a get in the pool or I will force you in all manner of unpleasant ways into the pool. He got into the pool but from then on needed to know that water would not be over his head.
Standardbreds are great riding partners. I can't say enough positive things about them.
That makes a lot of sense as to why he didn't like poles! I have always wondered if something in his racing career is the reason behind that, now I got my answer! Do they make most racehorses exercise in pools that way?
I feel the same way about the breed. My horse, Manasquan, is such a good boy. I was eight when I got him, he had only been off the track for a few months and hadn't been worked with. I also didn't even ride him before I got him... It wasn't the brightest idea I have ever had, but he sure did take care of me. We have come along way. Posted via Mobile Device