I would own another Standardbred in a heartbeat. I owned one for years, and let me tell you she was tall but the sweetest horse ever. I could ride her 11 hours in the trails the next day that her to a barrel race then put a kid on her. She was a safe, horse but also kept you on your feet. She had her quirks that was for sure. I rode her backwards and sideways to get amazing photos of the trails, often times with no reins. Bareback with only a halter in the trails, if I asked it of her she was there to please. Yes, other horses have that want to please, but I have met many Standardbreds (worked at a Standardbred race track), 90% of the Standardbreds I met had this nature to please. Most of the time it's the studs that was handfulls. I would still have my Standardbred, but at age 22 I knew she needed to slow down some, so we sold her to a family who wanted to ride sometimes. But mind you she didn't want to slow down or showed her age.
Extreme Trail Rider and Barrel Racer.
King - 11 year old Tennessee Walker Gelding
Sassie- 7 Year old Appaloosa Mare