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post #11 of 31 Old 01-23-2014, 07:59 AM
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People often forget that the standardbred is a horse that has been bred for years for one select trait, trotting or pacing in harness. Which means that certain traits are desired, soft nature, good hooves, steady/not spooky. At the end of the day what the drivers, who are often owners with their families (including young children) handling these horses. They want a horse that is safe for the family to be around. Which means that looks don't count as much. There are a lot of reason's the Amish want standardbreds but one of those big reasons is that they are sound and sound minded. You can teach a lot of horses to pull a buggy, but they choose standardbreds. Its a double edged sword because they regard them as a car and sometimes people don't treat their car very well. At the end of the day, some standardbreds have giant heads to hold their giant brains.

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post #12 of 31 Old 01-23-2014, 01:41 PM
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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.
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post #13 of 31 Old 01-24-2014, 07:46 PM
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I don't understand people who don't like them, who make bad comments about them and people who give others a hard time about owning them (i've seen it a little). At the same time I do understand why people aren't huge fans.

They're typically a "re-purposed" breed, they're bred to be excellent at trotting with a little buggy thing, but when they're no good at that anymore people train them to do something else. They're good at trails and low level anything, with a rare very good, competitive mount. As a rescue type thing they're a fine breed with a great temperament, and usually solid little horses, but beyond the weekend rider they're not really the most suitable.

Now it seems people a really getting into them to, buying, training and reselling them for thousands, breeding them to warmbloods or other breeds to have "sport" horses which I don't like at all.

I think horses should only be purpose-bred, and while they are great little horses to save they have their place, just like a well bred warmblood or QH does.

I had one once and he was very sweet and willing.
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post #14 of 31 Old 01-24-2014, 08:26 PM
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I disagree with you Saskia about them being rarely good as competitive mounts. There were a number of standardbreds who were invited to WEG. By your logic we should only use purpose bred animals for their purpose. Which means that only people who want to work cows should own a QH. I think its unfair to say that they can't be high level mounts because how many WB really perform at a high level? How many QH are high level competitive horses? Compared to the number that are under saddle. How many people are high level riders? Keep in mind how many horses high level riders cycle through trying to find one with the drive, talent and health to perform at a high level.

I also think if I was going to be a competitive horse I would never ever purchase a thoroughbred of the track. Yet people are always seeking them out of evening horses. Look at how many conformation critiques there on these boards for OTTBs. Having spent some time a very well know thoroughbred hospital they have horrible legs (torn ligaments, tendons). The standardbreds (few that were seen) had much better legs (mostly OCDs). Based on leg health alone I would rather jump a standardbred.

I don't know what horse you rode but I know several 16 - 17 hand standardbreds who are not "little horses". I do agree that crossing them with a warmblood is a horrible idea. I think its along the same line of thinking as Friesian crosses, they look weird and cheapen the breed. The only thing is that technically a standardbred is a warmblood breed, so they are more similar than a friesian/warmblood. As a friesian is a light draft horse and not a warmblood. I never over estimate the value of a safe horse. I have a mare I can go years without riding and get on bareback in the winter and putter around on and I know she is going to keep me safe. That is something that a lot of people I know value.
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Awww I think they're cute ^-^
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I have been following this thread for a little bit and it got me thinking; what if horses think about humans as we do about them? Would some of us not be worthy because we are too ugly, not fast enough, not the right colour? I'm thinking that they're a lot more tolerant than we are. They get stuck with us and have no choice in the matter. Then, they usually do their best for us, too. Anyway, just my random thoughts.

P.S. Yes, I do own a standardbred. She is 32 years old, living a wonderful, well deserved retirement. She's the darling of the barn.
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I find it really sad some of those Standardbreds have been abused as a race horse then just get PTS as soon as people think they aren't fast enough! One of my Standardbreds was abused and was just skin and bone and has trouble trusting people :( he is a lot better now though!

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post #18 of 31 Old 01-25-2014, 10:57 PM
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There's a lady at my barn that owns a Standardbred, she wins flat hunter classes ALL the time at rated shows (she doesn't jump). That horse has one of the nicest looking trot and canter I've ever seen. Very nice horse! She gets a lot of crap for having a Standardbred, but then they shut up when she wins the class against the warmbloods.
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Haha yea I have seen that a few times but with my friend jumping her 14.3 sb at 1 meter and beating all the expensive horses!
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post #20 of 31 Old 01-26-2014, 07:16 PM
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I started out on standarbreds, and a few people told me that once I got a thoroughbred (or any other breed that 'can canter') I would never go back. Had a TB for 14 months and by the end of it was scared to ride him because he would be an absolute A-hole to me. Also rode an educated anglo who was ok, and a couple other thoroughbreds. And guess what? When looking for a new horse I went straight back to stb.

I am the friend RedTree is describing in her post on the previous page, I own 4 of them now. One I have just sold to be a ladies first horse, one who is very green and very quiet, my hack who is somewhat green still but awesome, and a racehorse.

This is my standardbred pacer, Instant Arrival aka Sox. Walks, trots, canters, and has quite nice movement undersaddle. A lot to work on in the canter but he has only done it about 8 times undersaddle and he DOES it ;)
I'm looking to go to the Royal with him next year, and have done one inhand show for very lovely comments about his conformation and type. He is often mistaken for a TB, but that does not mean he ISN'T standardbred type, he just isn't what people expect because of the stereotype!

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