Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: East Coast of Australia
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.