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    09-09-2013, 07:26 AM
Green Broke
Stbs these days look more like tbs IMO anyway....

Sometimes when I see one its not till I see the neck brand do I realise its a Stb
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    09-09-2013, 07:31 AM
Green Broke
This is my friends Stb off the track about 3/4 months lovely boy was trained as a pacer but doesn't pace under saddle
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    09-09-2013, 08:16 AM
My retired standardbred was only backed in December (by me), and I was told she has the nicest jump in my barn (there are some Hanoverians and warmbloods there), and she looks like every other horse in the barn when she's collected with her head down! She was a pacer, and she still does that sometimes (mostly when nervous or learning something new), but she also has an amazing trot, canter and gallop! Anyway people at my barn are actually getting interested in standies because of my mare, everyone loves her. Some of the people actually called her prettiest in the barn :) id upload a picture but I'm not really sure how lol
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    09-16-2013, 06:12 PM
Green Broke
Believe it or not this is the same horse, Standardbred

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    09-16-2013, 06:35 PM
There are becoming (in my opinion) almost two types of standardbreds. The tall leggy ones that look sort of like TBs and the older (type) that are build like brick outhouses. Tree trunks for legs and a little bit more mellow. Is anyone else finding this too?
    10-05-2013, 12:17 PM
I've met quite a few Standies over the years and while most of them have the long, plain head, some have a finer, prettier head. In the majority of them they're solid through the neck and body and have nice full hindquarters. Some pace, some trot and some do both.

I've just paid a deposit on my first Standy mare. She's not yet backed, has been used as a recip mare for years and was due to be slaughtered. Thankfully one of the vet nurses at the centre where the mares are kept intervenes and buys the best mares to re-home them. She's coming home in a few weeks once her education under saddle has started...

From the experience I've had, they're a pretty calm and steady breed. They are very quick learners and are very forgiving when we make mistakes with them. As another breed devotee said to me recently, "they are the best kept secret of the horse world," and I would have to agree.

I buy horses based on temperament and characteristics that make them good to have around...looks are secondary to me but having said that, I think the three horses I have are all beautiful to look at. I'll be uploading pictures of Velvet when I get them sorted.

I hope she and I can ride the local trails at a leisurely pace. My other mare is an Arabian and she likes to stride out and have a gallop, which I don't mind but sometimes I just want a walk or slow trot. That's where I'm hoping Velvet will excel...a nice slow trot and a rocking horse canter that I can relax into and really take it all in. Amber's canter is a bit too quick and bouncy so I ride in the half seat for it and the gallop more often than sitting it.
    10-05-2013, 12:48 PM
Originally Posted by rookie    
There are becoming (in my opinion) almost two types of standardbreds. The tall leggy ones that look sort of like TBs and the older (type) that are build like brick outhouses. Tree trunks for legs and a little bit more mellow. Is anyone else finding this too?
Absolutely! There are the barrel bodied, short legged ones that I call low goers and the long legged thoroughbred type I call high steppers. The funny thing is, pace or trot, it seems to make no difference in how fast they can go. One body type does not out perform the other. As for head types, there are certain lines you breed into that you know you have a high chance of getting a butt ugly head :( But pretty heads don't go any faster than ugly ones :p
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    10-05-2013, 01:05 PM
Oh thank goodness redpony I thought I was the only one. I think its a lines thing to, we have a number of horses that go back to superbowl and they are all low goers, while the ones from the "newer" lines are all tall and rangy. Its true, pretty heads don't go any fast. I always tell myself they have massive heads to hold their giant brains.
    10-05-2013, 01:34 PM
^^^^^^ Yes!! Standardbreds are very intelligent and have a tremendous work ethic.
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    10-05-2013, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
They definitely do! My friend has one but it has the ugly head. I have seen some stunning standies
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