I do think some of it is tbe camera angle and Standardbreds aren't known for having pretty heads :) but that being said, you can't ride looks, and most Standies have a Great
temperament. Is the horse underweight at all? When I got my mare she was thin and I thought her head and ears looked huge, so much so that I named her Judy Judy Big Ears. Now I'm withering used to looking at her or she grew into them. Either way she's here to stay cause she is so totally sensible and chilled out. I've just had to accept that no matter how much I feed her she will never look like a big bootie quarter horse LOL. There's photos of her on my personal page here. There are some good websites for Standardbred pleasure horses, the go western pleasure, huntseat, jump, really versatile horses which most people don't know until they get one and start googling the breed.as far as price goes, it depends on the individual horse. The usual things like age, health and training but I wouldn't place a lot of value on papers. You're not going to race the horse at this age and they're not a real popular breed so if you're buying it to keep just consider what you see in front of you. Yes, they can gallop and canter, he just wasnt allowed to while pulling a cart. Watch him in a pasture or teach him to lunge, he can do it.
There are more posts on this breed on the forum, search for those. But really most of them have incredibly good dispositions and learn quick.If Judy's any indication they're very hardy healthy horses too.
Good luck. I love mine, nothing upsets this mare.