Originally Posted by ~AUSSIE SHOWJUMPER~
I don't particually like standard breds at all. Their conformation is not what I am looking for in a horse. But I guess every one has a different opion. The charistics are the arched back bone (the back is rounded, whereas other breeds have the wether and is goes into a lil sway back NOTHING SERIOUS just trying to explain. But they are a cheap reliable horse for a beginner not wanting to seriously compete.
I have two standardbreds that have both been trained for harness racing/they drive and have been WONDERFUL riding partners. They are gaited and some are smooth and some are rough ride till you get them going. We have other friends that use them for all disciplines. Standardbreds usually have awesome feet and can go barefoot. They do have great confirmation, are very strong horses and have good minds. Generally the ones we have been around have been great horses. Any horse, never mind the breed, if spoiled and not trained, can be unruly. Breed has nothing to do with that. They have withers, don't know what Aussie Showjumper is talking about, they do have nice backs for saddle, their confirmation is generally outstanding! Go to www.4thehorses.com to learn more about retired racers needing homes or all about retrained harness horses. To find out more about standardbreds....