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    11-07-2008, 04:32 AM
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Foal
Standardbreds in dressage?

I'd never really thought that standardbreds would be any good in dressage until I bought my horse a couple of months ago. She is a 9 yr old standardbred mare and is excellent at dressage - the standardbred's springy and energetic trot really marks well at competitions! I was just wondering if there are any other people out there havig success in dressage with their standardbreds?
     
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    11-10-2008, 05:28 AM
  #2
Trained
Its not particularly common for standies to be seen in dressage. I personally would love to get one as a foal before its been trained in any way for racing. Some of the have lovely movement and stepping like you said. Getting them to canter is usually the hardest part if they are off the track. Oh and getting them to trot if they have been pacers I love standies
     
    11-10-2008, 08:13 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by jazzyrider    
its not particularly common for standies to be seen in dressage. I personally would love to get one as a foal before its been trained in any way for racing. Some of the have lovely movement and stepping like you said. Getting them to canter is usually the hardest part if they are off the track. Oh and getting them to trot if they have been pacers I love standies
Yeah, she is off the track so at first it was hard to get her to canter without getting that MASSIVE trot that they have in races - trust me, not comfortable to sit to! But we got it working in the end
     
    11-10-2008, 06:57 PM
  #4
Trained
Yeah we have a 26 year old standie. He's my husbands first/confidence horse. He's a champ but richard has to work so hard just to get a few strides of canter out of him lol if you carry a crop and give him a little tap on the neck he takes off like a bat out of hell but otherwise he's just happy to do his waddling pace lol he's so old now though we don't bother what he does as long as he's happy. He paces around with his head in the air and has a great time so we let him be that way :)
     
    11-10-2008, 07:07 PM
  #5
Foal
I don't ride dressage, but I have an 18 yr. Standard bred that has a beautiful gate, even when walking. I always feel like I am in a parade! It seems to me like she would be great in dressage.
     
    11-10-2008, 07:12 PM
  #6
Trained
I have a friend with a stunning 6 month old standie colt. Has gorgeous movement and conformation and I've been trying to convince them to let me buy him but alas they want to break him to harness as he was intended to be a pacer :( I think he has huge potential for dressage. He carries himself just beauitfully too
     
    11-11-2008, 01:25 AM
  #7
Yearling
I have an 8 y/o standie that I hope to do some light dressage work with.
I think that they are able to do it, but probably not at high levels.
     
    11-12-2008, 10:37 PM
  #8
Weanling
My standie is still in training for jumpers....but im sure he could be trained for dressage if we put the time into it. .... he's still learning to carry himself tho argh
     
    11-13-2008, 12:51 AM
  #9
Yearling
I love dressage, and have always wanted to get into it... I now have a large SB gelding who an elevated trot, and moves incredibly well... with natural carriage which has made going into a working frame so much easier for him... he's going off to my mate for a month's worth of dressage training and then coming home!! My wee mare that I recently got is also going to be a dressage and showing horse... she may not be everyone's cup of tea but she's got a lovely trot.

My best friend rides in the Standardbred ring here in Canterbury... all of her horses are multi champions and are all based with a solid dressage foundation... her main star is schooling at home at Elementary levels... I've recently been very privileged to ride him a few times to help me come to grips with schooling a horse properly.

I heard awhile back (whether it's true or not) that people overseas were breeding their SB mares to warmblood stallions... to produce a really good trot in the offspring... I guess there are some good things about the standie's big spring trots eh? Lol.
x
     
    11-14-2008, 03:59 AM
  #10
Weanling
I have a Standie mare, and she was competed in dressage before I owned her, and she won her share of comps, but then she was retired as a broodmare and now I'm having to start all over again with her. But, we'll get there! I hope :)
     

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