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post #1 of 42 Old 06-15-2009, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Talking That's NOT a standie! *lmao* Myths about breeds?

*lmao* I got thr funniest comment ever today.. I've heards quite a lot different and weird things about standardbreds, everything from ''they'll break if you put a sddle on them'' to ''they're all injured after racing'' and my favourite; "Don't let him gait, it's extremely armful for him no matter how he does it because he's not icelandic'' but the one today gave me a hard time not laughing..

I was out riding Crow, bareback since the saddle is broken and I decided to try with a regular leather halter + reins today; I've noticed that I'm a bit too eager to pull the reins, especially when I loose balance in the trot, and I feel a bit sorry for his mouth. Besides, I felt it would be interesting to try, he's educated bitless from the start and has been ridden with everything from hackamore, spanish curb, snaffle and sidepull so I figured I wanted to see if he'd work well in the halter as well.

He did, a little difficult to stop in the trot (communication issues; when I loose my balance I don't reach to give the proper ''stop''-seat so I have to either pull way too much in the reins untill he stops and keep trying to stop him wth the voice, or if I loose my balance way too much he'l stop to let me back up.. I really need to teach him and myself a good way to stop in trot, with this issue I'll never be able to teach him to differ between the rack and the trot, and I'll probably make him unable to trot under a rider.. ) anyway, we were actually slowing down rather nicey from a nice, good trot, he was relaxed and in a good, low and forward frame, went to gaiting and then slowed down to a walk, stretched out even more and sighed happily before going back to a low, round and forward frame. Feeling quite good, even tho we're far from any competition level. Then we met this woman on a bike.

"Oh, nice horse! What breed is he? Not a swedish warmblood, right?" she said the last thing a bit hesitantly, probably afaid to insult me if he had been :P
I beamed, I rarely get any nice comments. "No, he's just a standardbred."
She looked shocked. "But he can't be!"
O__o; "Why not?"
"They're awful to ride! And you need good bits, like pessoa or pelham or something or else they're impossible and can't stop and just runs off with their head in the air in a horrible trt, and they can't gallop either."
I kinda looked at him and tried not to laugh as I pretended to be serious. "Strange.. he doesn't run off with me.." Crow was as calm as ever, just standing there, once in a while trying to sniff at her or look at some cows a bit further away.. "And he's a standie." I pointed at the white numbers on his neck, only standies get that kind of marking here.
"Wow.. he must be really old and trained for ages.."
"Well..since last winter.."
"oh..well..nice to see you..and nice horse..bye.."
"Thanks, bye.."

*lmao* it was funny to see how shocked she was.. xD Why don't people see that they're horses like any others? Not monsters..

Sure, I have had some problems with him since he's such a sensetive and eager horse, but... :P I've never met an impossible standie.

So.. does any of you have any experiences like this one, where people has pre-judged your breed?

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OMG, the standardbreds I worked with, who were still racing, were the most well behaved horses I've met. Well, except most of the therapy horses. And it absolutely shocks me everytime someone assumes they're some crazy hot headed nutcase horse who can never be trained or do anything besides pace (or trot, ykwim).
I hope to have a Standardbred someday. They are amazing horses with many more abilities then running on a track.
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I agree, I love the breed! Wouldn't want another one :)
(maybe a nicely educated PRE.. xD But I still prefer standies over most others :P)

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I hear you on the myths. I have Saddlebreds. The breed is mired in false myths and assumptions. It is quite ridiculous. It makes me weary just thinking about it.

As for Standies, they are the ONE breed I have wanted since I was 8 years old. It is my dream to have a Roadster, which in my show circuit are standardbred trotters. I met many, including one monster we rescued from a frozen pond, who have this cute tick of lip flapping. It is adorable.
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Some tool that boards where I board had the nerve to come up to me and tell me Solon would be turning white soon because Percherons aren't black. I was like really? Well he's been that way the last 12 years and he's gonna stay that way. Duh.
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*lmao* People don't seem very smart at the moment..

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post #7 of 42 Old 06-15-2009, 08:26 PM
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Do they ever?
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haha so funny, I quite like Standardbreds to look at but have never ridden one. my instructor has one and he is so quiet and sweet. he is plain to look at but I was so shocked when I saw him under saddle because he looked quite nice. he scrubs up well haha.

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OH breed myths. Pet Peeve.
I have owned and raised Appaloosas for the past 15 years, and although it seems to be getting better as more people are getting educated about horse breeds, I still get the occasinal person that when they hear I have Apps, they have to tell me, "Eeeeew, why would you have Appaloosas? They have ugly heads, they have no hip, they have coarse thick necks, etc etc etc...."

Oh really?

My current stallion

2008 colt sired by my previous stallion (suckling photo)

my previous stallion

2007 colt by my previous stallion (yearling photo)

Mare I recently sold

Mare I sold last year

Gelding by my current stallion

Apparently these people haven't gotten out much and seen many Appaloosas.... and/or they are judging an entire breed on the spotty horses they see in their area.... and what is frustrating, even after seeing my Appaloosas, some people persist in saying "Well YOURS look nice but all of them I see at my neighbor's and the sale and at the riding stable are ugly---you just got lucky--- most Appaloosas are ugly and small and plain and....."

Ummmm, NO, they are NOT. I don't own my Appaloosas in a vacuum-- there are plenty more out there like them..... they might not be what you find at the local BYB or corner riding stable or Friday night sale.... but you aren't usually going to find the nicer examples of ANY breed there (heck what they are seeing might just be grade indiscriminate crosses that happen to have spots), so why would someone judge all Appaloosas against those?

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AHAHA! I love horse myths xDDD
These pretty much apply to all gaited horses.

1. Don't canter your Foxtrotter, it'll ruin their gait
Why is it that both my Missouri Fox Trotters go TEARING around the pasture at a dead gallop, then when I pop on, that lovely Foxtrot is as creamy as ever? Or how about when he spooks then takes off at a bolt?

2. Foxtrotters can't trot/Don't trot because it will ruin their gait
Again, wrong! Loki has trotted both on the ground and under saddle AND HE STILL GAITS. Though, he has on of the coarsest, bumpiest trot ever. It's like sitting on a pogo stick with ADD.

3. You can't ride that horse, because he will kill you
I heard this a lot, not a huge confidence booster. I can ride ANY horse so long as my experience as a rider matches the horse. Loki is not a fire breathing monster who will buck me off then attempt to pulverize my bones, thanks. xD

4. Quarter Horses are calm, level headed, and not spooky
Once again, wrong! My neighbor across the street owns a QH gelding, he spooks just as much as my Foxtrotter gelding. Quarter Horses can be just as high strung as a Thoroughbred! It all depends on the horse and the training

5. Arabians are flighty and high strung
And all QH's are docile and sleepy. I've ridden Arabs that were stubborn and difficult, and Arabs that you could walk into a brick wall if you so wished. It all depends on the horse, and on the training.

6. If you can see it's ribs, it's unhealthy, underweight!
Not always. Some breeds are just built slighter than others, and can be a little ribby even though they are at a perfect weight and health. It also depends on the horse, Loki is build thickly, and if his ribs are showing there is a serious problem. Red is built lightly, and is growing still, his ribs may show as his weight fluctuates with his growth spurts.

7. Ponies are evil.
Some ponies, are in fact, evil. I have met several. Other ponies are so frikkin cute you just want to scoop them up and cuddle them.

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