This is my STB Bailey. He's a pure black STB. He used to race a while ago but now he's almost 7 and he lives with me! We do small jump courses, (We would go big but he won't canter, I'll explain later if you want.), dressage, and trail. He is so sweet! STB's are the best horses ever!
I hate it how a lot of people think Standardbreds are ugly and no good for showing! I've seen so many good looking ones and a lot of them have lovely movement! They make awesome kids ponies (the lil ones) and really don't think they should be frowned upon ae!
I've been riding an awesome little 15hh standy and she has the most amazing canter! Fully luv standardbreds! I rekon more people should stick up for them and stop sending them to dog tucker!
Ive been around standardbreds my entire life. My grandpa races them, my mother races them, family friends race them. They are always there. The first horse I EVER rode was a standadbred. I've never had a standardbred as a steady riding horse due to the fact that all the standardbreds we have are racers. But in recent events im currently training a standardbred.
Long story short I use to own an arabian for 6 yrs and outgrew her. Sold her to a loving family with a 10yrs girl as her mum. I bought a 3yrs OTTB. Basically he is the biggest jerk of a horse I've ever dealt with. For the safety of us and the safety of the other horses he is being sold. I figured I was at a loss for a horse. I was going to adopt but the process is hectic and the way the contract is its only like leasing the horse and not totally owning it.
We have a standardbred mare named Lifes a Breeze. She's a decent cheap claimer but not the "star" horse. She is my new riding horse. She still races and I don't plan on doing any actual training with her until the spring but I do hop up on her and go around the paddock. Spruce Meadows Here We Come!! *eye roll*
We have 7 horses. 6 of which are standardbreds 1 a thoroughbred
The thoroughbred is named Altonator he is currently 4 yrs old chestnut and a gelding.
The standardbreds are
Just Ferlien-12yrs-dark bay-broodmare/ex-racer
Lifes a Breeze-5yrs-dark bay-mare/racing
Fersheza Bliss-2yrs-light bay-mare/in-training
More Desire-4 yrs-light bay-gelding/racer
We have a weanling filly whos name is pending but she is out of Just Ferlien and by Royal Mattjesty.
^^The Weanling Filly less then 24hrs old
^^Miss Angie as a 3yrs old
^^Just Ferlien in her racing days.
^^More Desire as 3yrs after we just bought him (skinny little bugger!)
Someday, I will own a full standard. Until then, my little boy is a half. He cannot pace, but tries with the most ridiculous trot/pace gait that rocks me all around. I'm getting a little more used to it, but it does force me to do an odd circle motion instead of just front and back or side to side. I think his former owner beat his legs to force him to pace, which is why his trot is so mucked up.
He is extremely cuddly and eager to please, too. He loves to have his head held in my arms, or rub it under them. He gives kisses, and will take a cookie from my lips. I'm very glad to have him, and if all STBs are like him, I'd love more. ^_^
I have a 8 year old standardbred named Glade. She's not particularly affectionate (unless you have food) but she's really well behaved. When I got her she couldn't canter but she can now after lots of work. She rarely paces - I've taught her not to. I think she may have been abused because she still really hates being bridled even though I've always been gentle with her.
She doen't look standardbred - in fact people don't even realise she's standardbred until they see her brand on her neck.
It makes me sad when people take a look at him and ask what he is and when I reply "Standardbred" they practically snort in my face and walk away ..... or in one case.....drove away like we had the plague. Their loss I say.