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post #1 of 17 Old 06-03-2008, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Personal experiences with Standardbreds

My grey gelding fell through. :( I have found and fell in love with a bay 3 yr. Old filly She is a Standardbred, Paint X, but is solid, except for a belly spot and pretty big blaze.

I just love her build, her personality, and her big soft eyes. She is a total sweet heart. She is 3 now, and 16.3, I really hope she is done growing..lol

My question is this, who here has a Standardbred or cross? I have read some online about the breed, but would like some personal information and how people feel they are.

"what causes an echo - the persistence of sound after the source has stopped. "when can you hear an echo?" when it's quiet and other sounds are absorbed. when it's quiet, i can hear my mother's echo still."
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-04-2008, 11:08 AM
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I don't own one but I have a friend and co-worker that has a 5 year old Standardbred and she loves him. She says he's strong headed and wicked fast, but a quick learner and strives to make her happy.

I've met her Standardbred once (didn't ride him though because it was rainy and she had no indoor arena) but he was really sweet and curious....maybe a tad bit high strung but that is probably due to his age and him not being worked in a while.

The 3 year old Standardbred/Paint sounds sooo pretty! 3 years old and 16.3?! Holy cow! That's tall...I would definitely expect her to get taller since she's only 3. There's a 5 year old Paint gelding at the stables where I board....he was 15 hands when I first started riding there in August...but now he's 16.1 hands.

She sounds soo pretty though! You'll have to post pictures of her!
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I've never worked with one, but I would love to. Heard wonderful things about them.
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-04-2008, 12:23 PM
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I've never ridden one, but I heard they are a lovely breed. ;) & they sure are cute!

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-04-2008, 05:25 PM
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My coach used to have one, and although I wasnt a fan of riding him (he was too narrow for me personally) he was such a nice boy and tried his heart out to please you.
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-04-2008, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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It is just really funny how things work

I am not a big fan of bay horses, (I like greys) or mares, (I have always had geldings) and here this big bay mare finds her way into my life. I like them young, and I used to love them big. But being old now, big kinda scares me. But, something about her is comforting, and sweet. I feel relaxed about her, and comfortable.

I have one far away pic, and a not so good pic. I am definitely going to have to get her into my hands and clean her up. She is coming off a pasture, and needs some trimming.. Once she is here, cleaned up, and settled, I will post better pics.

Oh and you can see her "spot" on her belly, that makes her a paint 8)



"what causes an echo - the persistence of sound after the source has stopped. "when can you hear an echo?" when it's quiet and other sounds are absorbed. when it's quiet, i can hear my mother's echo still."
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Aw, she's really cute. :)

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-05-2008, 05:27 AM
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I've had a fair bit to do with them. My dad used to breed and race them and one of my guys now is a 26 year old standardbred. I think they are one of the loveliest breeds there is temperament wise. And very loyal. They work really hard for you and will keep going and going :)

The biggest problem is the pacing. Some people like that and that's fine but if you don't it can take a lot of work to get them trotting all the time and even then they will randomly pace whenever the get excited or feel like it.

My old fella is a classic. He's 26 but you would think he's only 10 to ride



^^^ he had just been rolling in the mud :)


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Re: It is just really funny how things work

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I am not a big fan of bay horses, (I like greys) or mares, (I have always had geldings) and here this big bay mare finds her way into my life. I like them young, and I used to love them big. But being old now, big kinda scares me. But, something about her is comforting, and sweet. I feel relaxed about her, and comfortable.

I have one far away pic, and a not so good pic. I am definitely going to have to get her into my hands and clean her up. She is coming off a pasture, and needs some trimming.. Once she is here, cleaned up, and settled, I will post better pics.

Oh and you can see her "spot" on her belly, that makes her a paint 8)


aawww she's bewdiful :)

P.s. Sorry for the double post

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post #10 of 17 Old 06-05-2008, 12:50 PM
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I have had three OTStd's. Two geldings and a mare, ages 10, 8 and 8. They have all been wonderful. Friendly, calm, eager to please. My mare is bossy to other horses, for sure, but she was starved when I got her, so I forgive her that.

If she has never been on the track, you may not have an issue with pacing. Pacing is not genetic to Stdbd's, but they learn it from ponying , being with a nurse, and hopples. If she does pace, it is easily trained out if you want to. Personally, I love the pace. It's so cool to ride that when you're going fast. Neat, neat, neat feeling. However, I have trained all my Stdbd's to trot and canter w/o a hitch. I ride only for pleasure and all in my backyard. If you want to know more about Stdbd's for events and shows, go to the OSAS web site. They might have some more info for you. http://www.osas.ca/

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