Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I've owned both. I value temperament and Standardbred is much better than the TB in that sense. I have heard countless stories of wonderful TBs yet have only met a handful of ones I consider to be "good riding horses". The other 95% I think are not suitable for children/teens, and are not suitable for pleasure horses, or versatile and safe enough for all-rounders. That just leaves the competitors, in which case there are many better breeds of purpose-bred horses for competition.
TBs have moments, they can be great 90% of the time, but sometimes they seem to flip out it seems. Its not something that you can train out because it doesn't occur often enough. Even when TBs are behaving well Standies are still quieter and calmer.
TBs are prettier, but if you want a pretty horse go buy a nice arab cross or something, there are far prettier horses around.
I think Standies have heaps of potential, but the fact that they're so quiet seems to be do their detriment, as far as reputation goes. So many inexperienced people purchase them because of how quiet and calm they are, and ride them but fail to retrain them up to standard. This means that there are heaps of untrained Standies, which gives people the impression that they are untrainable, or difficult.