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post #1 of 26 Old 09-02-2008, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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standardbred's...Yay or Neigh?

When i first started my horse world experince i was told to stay away from standardbreds. but now my friend who has years and years of horse experience how i totally trust mighty have a Standardbred for sale. she says that over the years, all her standardbred horses she ridden and dealt with her great, and the horse for possible sale doesn't pace, she walks trots and canters....now you tell me....Standardbred's- YAY or NEIGH?
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post #2 of 26 Old 09-02-2008, 03:53 PM
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I don't know why people would tell you to stay away from standardbreds. Guess it might depend what you want to get into, but for the most part the ones I have met have been sane, good horses.

I also want to add - you should look at the horse as an individual and evaluate it on its own merit, not some breed stereotype.

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Nearly every horse at the stable I'm at now is either an Arabian, pony, Thoroughbred, or Standardbred. The Standardbreds have always been my fave though. They have REALLY smooth trots, and are a dream to ride.

Some of the "bad" things in them CAN be the fact that due to their trotting and pacing, some have no idea how to canter. They can trot and/or pace REALLY fast... and then go to a gallop... but that's it. Walk, trot/pace (or trot AND pace), and then gallop. So you have to reteach them to canter.

Another "bad" thing might be the fact that most have very flat whithers... or whithers that seem like they're gone. So it might be hard finding a decent saddle/saddle pad.

But apart from that... they're GREAT horses... I can't imagine why ANYONE would tell you to steer clear of them??!!
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Some of the "bad" things in them CAN be the fact that due to their trotting and pacing, some have no idea how to canter. They can trot and/or pace REALLY fast... and then go to a gallop... but that's it. Walk, trot/pace (or trot AND pace), and then gallop. So you have to reteach them to canter.

Another "bad" thing might be the fact that most have very flat whithers... or whithers that seem like they're gone. So it might be hard finding a decent saddle/saddle pad.

But apart from that... they're GREAT horses... I can't imagine why ANYONE would tell you to steer clear of them??!!
I've had four Standardbreds (2 in the barn now). All came from the track and had to be taught how to canter under saddle though they would do it in the field. Three were pacers, one is a trotter. One of the pacers has a rough stride (I'm told she has a straight shoulder), but all the others ride/rode beautifully.

Withers? Two had average withers, one had high withers and one I'm still working on. Of the other stdbds I've seen, I can't say that I agree that they mostly have high withers. If the are fresh off the track, they will have that "track physique", but that's it.

I vouch for them. All of mine have / had great personalities, though the one that one abused took a little longer to come around.
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post #5 of 26 Old 09-02-2008, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys, it meens alot to have your input, i haven't see the horse yet and i may never, she will either be sold to the person who's leasing her or come back to my friends barn, i'm just keeping my options open :)
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post #6 of 26 Old 09-02-2008, 06:08 PM
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Weird...not sure why anyone would warn you against them. Everyone I know who has one or has worked with them say they have dependable personalities and legs and hooves like iron. Sure, if you have a racer, you have to work through the whole pacing/canter issue, but it doesn't seem like any more work than retraining an ottb. Not that I've met hundreds of people, but 5 of 5 positive accounts :P
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I have two Standardbreds and love them. The majority of Stbs are extremely calm, even tempered and easy keepers. They are relatively easy to retrain to ride and if they have been raced, they have already been handled ALOT and exposed to ALOT of things, They take most things in stride and are eager to please. Horses off the track may have some racing injuries or blemishes so you would want to find out about that and if you plan to ride, make sure that the horse you are interested in is serviceably sound. All in all they are very nice horses and make very, very nice riding horses with a little retraining.
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post #8 of 26 Old 09-03-2008, 09:49 AM
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you can find an awesome horse in any breed!!! we have a gorgeous standardbred-off the track, Ms America (erica) at the barn- what a trot! she is lovely with a wonderful personality. When she goes into work mode i dont think i have ever seen a horse more athletic looking and still be so elegant.

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post #9 of 26 Old 10-04-2008, 06:04 PM
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Ok, hope I'm doing this right now.. xD (first post here..)

I love the standardbreds.. lovely mind and tho they might need more work than other breeds to collect and carry right.. I think it's something to work for anyway :P

Here in sweden they're frowned upon.. can't even post a thread in a swedish forum without having it turned into a war between standardbred owners and other horse people..rather sad.. :/

The standardbreds generally don't have the capacity to win the olympics, but as I see it, they're good enough for most people, so if we like them, why not?

And at last, it's always the individual more than the breed :P


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post #10 of 26 Old 10-04-2008, 10:14 PM
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While i've never ridden a Standardbred, i've been around one for a few months and he had the kindest disposition you'd ever want. Standardbreds are VERY easy to train and are considered to be like German Shepherd's in the horse world as to the tricks they are able to learn and accomplish.
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