As a proud owner of two NZ standardbreds I certainly class myself a fan of this particular breed! I try not to be breed specific as at the end of the day a horse can defy or be completely the same as the general outline for it's breed however as someone who has owned Standarbreds for the last 7yrs I have found them to be amazing animals both in nature and under saddle! I have worked on rescuing several horses of this breed with my good friend and if I had the time I would help more right now! My two are always so interesting to be around both have different personalities but certainly keep me busy haha! I find most of these horses to be hardworking, willing companions that make good mounts! Posted via Mobile Device
I am a very proud owner of an ex pacer, Western Comet (Western Hanover x Lil's Leader x Town leader) He did very well in his racing career with lifetime winnings of $111,952 and out of 241 lifetime starts won first place 47 times, second place 37 times, and third place 28 times. He started racing at two and retired at the age of twelve. I received him as a gift on my 15th birthday. I trained him under saddle. I love him so much <3
Horseychick, what a gorgeous man you have! I really like him.
I was on my ipod last night when I posted on this thread, thought I'd come back and share photos of my two ^^ Riding photos, I shattered my leg last year in March and only just started riding again. Gained a lot of weight, and so did my porker mare Honey... so no ill comments, cheers.
Evo (Evolution), 12y.o NZ Standardbred gelding, approx 16.1hh. Amazing horse to ride, but has huge movement so I have to sell him now that I can't ride well :(
Me and Evo the other week - first time up on him in over a year ^^
Honey (Lovebug), 6y.o NZ Standardbred mare. Backed by myself in Oct 2008. Quietest horse I know, although unfortunately was the one I broke my leg on in a freak accident. Very quirky, and a brave wee thing. Is my forever horse as we suit each other incredibly well.
Yay NZ Standardbreds! I schooled one a couple of years ago for a friend, and after sorting out a few initial communication issues she proved to be the sweetest, most biddable horse I've ever ridden. Such a quick learner and always happy to give anything a go, she was also really conformationally correct (especially for a SB!)...I've been on the lookout for another like her ever since.
I also have a NZ Standardbred! His name is Butlers Oscar N and he's 18. Obviously, he was born in NZ and raced there until he was 3. He was then exported to Australia and raced extensively there. Then, he came to the US, where he raced until he aged out at age 14 or 15. He won over $400,000 on the track and his legs are as clean as if he'd never raced a day! After racing, unfortunately, he fell on hard times and was pretty badly neglected. Also, he completely lost his eyesight. He was passed around to several different people and then sadly, ended up on the truck bound for slaughter. Thankfully, a friend of my mom happened upon him and saved him. She rehabbed him and when she passed away, he came to live with us. He now has a forever home and a very pretty girlfriend--a beautiful grey TB mare named Liberty.