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    02-20-2013, 11:35 AM
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Foal
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Hello Everyone.
I have an of the track standardbred, a trotter not a pacer. When I got him he only trotted, obviously. He was also horrified of ground poles. All of the poles we had at the time were white. He would not go near them, let alone over them. It took a long time, but I have had him for about six year now. He now walk/trot/canter and jumps.
Anyway, my point of this story is because I wanted to know if anybody else got an off the track standardbred or a thoroughbred that you have brought along way! I love to hear success storys of off the track horses!
     
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    02-20-2013, 11:42 AM
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Showing
My foxhunter/hunter pace/trail riding horse is an ex-racing TB. Ex-racers are extremely versatile and make great riding partners for many disciplines.

Standies are wonderful horses from what I understand. Good luck with him.
     
    02-20-2013, 11:52 AM
  #3
Green Broke
I have retrained, rehomed and done CTR on many Off the track thoroughbreds. Great horses. They range from honest and beginner safe right off the bat to talented handfuls that need lots of retraining. There is the odd crazy (like any breed) but for the most part they make wonderful saddle horses, with the athletisism to excell in many disaplines.
     
    02-21-2013, 10:04 PM
  #4
Started
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.
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    02-22-2013, 02:44 PM
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Foal
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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.
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    02-23-2013, 08:21 PM
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They do swim horses but the have changed how they introduce the horses to this. That was the method about 20 years ago.

Standardbreds are great fun because they don't want you to fall off any more than you want to fall off. I know some horses who are both shocked and confused when their rider comes off. The stand there like "Oh My God what happened and why are you on the ground?"
     
    02-23-2013, 09:38 PM
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I have 3 OTTBs, 1 OT Arab, and was working towards RUS (racing under saddle) on a STB that now is done racing and needs a home (free to good home if anyone is interested!). They are all great in their own ways and have different strengths and weaknesses. I love the off track horses and being able to give them a great career after their racing career is done.

My one OTTB won two hunt cups in our foxhunt (first horse to ever win both cups in the same year), my OT Arab was a finalist in ACTHA's America's Favorite Trail Horse (and goes camping with me all over, has even crossed the Hudson River with me!), and my OTTB mare is also approved Old NA Main Mare Book with a registered Old NA baby to her name. Not bad for "life after racing" ;)
     
    02-23-2013, 10:03 PM
  #8
Green Broke
As a teen, I used to buy STB geldings who were ready to retire and turn them into low level hunters. I finished high school on STB and TB tracks.

Now we use off track TBs in ranch work. It's great to get horses that have such good manners and some basics already.
     

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