I've 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!)
^^Altonator and I in our better days :(