No, it didn't look like the pace (legs on the same side moving at the same time). It was more like walking? Really fast, you could hear the four beats but at really close together. She doesn't do it offend, only on a even straight away without a rider, and she's really excited. Last time was a couple of monthes ago.
Despite what I heard about OTTBs, we bought a 5 yr. Old gray gelding in February of last year.....
He was severely emaciated and covered in bites and sores when we got him. His hair coat was atrocious, short, scratchy and dull....He looked sick and acted so lifeless....see pic.
This is him the first week we bought him:
This is him after 8 months of love and attention and food....
Now he is such a beautiful boy...hair coat soft and shiny, weight respectable, all his skin lesions and bites have healed, and the farrier pronounced his hooves the best hooves he's ever seen on a TB.
As for his personality, he is one of the rare horses for his breed....he is kind, sane, gentle, funny and loving. Even my 9 yr. Old handicapped grandson loves to pet him and kiss his nose (with supervision, of course. We do not allow children around EITHER of our horses, even our Belgian, without supervision at all times.)
In short, he is a wonderful horse with a great personality...despite the fact he is a 5 yr. Old OTTB.
Having retrained both and competed on both.... TB all the way. Granted I've enjoyed the Standardbreds I've worked with, but they just weren't suited for much beyond local level. I rather like them for trail/pleasure mounts.
To me TBs are the quintessential athlete. This is just my personal opinion and not meant to bash any other breed. They cross over well from hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage. With the right conformation I've even seen some do western and games. They are my breed of choice and I miss owning one.
I think both breeds have their whacky ones. I know Tbs better so less strikes me as crazy. Though I will say, I'm never owning a chestnut TB mare ever again. Lol