Originally Posted by FutureVetGirl
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.