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post #1 of 20 Old 11-15-2007, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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I suppose there are a few folk who would criticise the breed but they have a certain charm that can go unnoticed.Imagine,head tied to tail,all four legs tied together,going flat out in second gear.They make it look smooth and easy too!This takes a very special horse!I convert Standardbreds to saddle and have found them to be a true wonder to do anything with.
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-15-2007, 08:24 PM
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The very first horse I remember seeing as a child was a Standardbred. We had a harness racing track in the town I grew up in. I always thought they were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Till I got Vida that is

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post #3 of 20 Old 11-16-2007, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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I have 12 vacuums wrapped in horse hair at the moment. A ban on horse movement due to E.I. means that the`re eating my place to desert. Most will move on to new homes when they are ready but I have 4 that will be here for life. No one gets on the place without being thoroughly horse scanned at the gate. They frisk everyone for food, one 20 yo gelding(old enough to know better) stole a cheesecake from the front seat of a neighbors car.
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post #4 of 20 Old 11-16-2007, 06:43 PM
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Right now I have a big black Standardbred named Bailey. We saved him from a horse rescue becuase he wasn't good at racing. They told him I'd never be able to train him to canter... He had been trained well with a big whip to NEVER canter racing or not. I didn't think this was true. I brought him back to my barn and worked with him little by little every day. When ever I clearly asked for a canter, even on a lunge line, he would understand put his ears back and keep trotting at almost galloping speed. Finally one day I came in without the whip for lunging. He eyed me putting the whip down he calmed down instantly his ears went up again and he seemed to take a bid horsey sigh, :) . After nearly 45 minutes he cantered!!! It was only 1 stride but he did it. After the stride he quickly started trotting again. I let him stop and pampered him like all day. Still now I can only get him to canter a few strides, riding Or lunging. But he was such a hard loyal worker and still is, he'll jump walk, trot, do trotting poles, but never canter. Standerdbreds are great horses, just for some advice don't get one who raced if you want to canter or do showjumping/dressage, even if they are the sweetest horses ever!
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post #5 of 20 Old 11-16-2007, 11:24 PM
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i have a standardbred named cougar. he is such a sweetheart. ok, he can be a pain in the bum on occasion when he decides hes racing/pacing again but all in all, hes a dream.

i really honestly dont understand why people give them such a hard time. standardbreds seem to be copping it a bit on this forum at the moment and i think its not cool lol

i think the biggest reason a lot of people dont like them is that they dont understand them or they have ridden one who refused to trot and or canter. with a little work and retraining, they can be not different to any other horse. my dad used to breed standardbreds and there were some beauties in there. some really nice, honest & gentle horses :)
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-17-2007, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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This is just two of the horde (Tas ,my sisters horse, and Sam my number one, he`s usually grumpy and would sell his soul for mare cubes. He can put your life in prospective though) They have forced the,re way into the house yard but at least it`s better then the feed room.
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post #7 of 20 Old 06-12-2015, 07:47 AM
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Standardbreds are fabulous horses. They are good for just about all disciplines. They have great legs for jumping, an arresting charm for western, a uniquely elegant body for dressage and an easy, outgoing temperament which is great for trail! I really recommend getting one if you think about it. Also, a good idea would be to actually rescue one from a sail yard. So many are thrown away to the knackeries because they are not good enough for the racing industry. My standardbred is a rescue, he came to me as a bag of bones, and now he is healthy, strong and happy. If you plan on getting a skinny horse, it is a full on journey but I assure you it is extremely rewarding! :)
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post #8 of 20 Old 06-27-2015, 08:26 PM
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I absolutely love standies! I have one of my own, that used to pace. her name is Luna and after 4 months of owning her she has been cantering on her left lead..Were working on the right but its super hard for her, does anyone know how to held the standardbred canter both ways??
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post #9 of 20 Old 06-29-2015, 06:52 AM
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The two in front are Standardbreds..outrunning a Thoroughbred!

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post #10 of 20 Old 06-29-2015, 07:30 AM
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They are a great breed and people give a lot of lip about them. I will never own anything other than a standardbred because they have a brain. They are smart, willing and not going to lie he is fun. A lot of people don't know how to work with them. Of the track they need retraining, not unlike a thoroughbred, but not the same as a thoroughbred.
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