*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.."
*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?