I used to ride a standardbred..best horse I ever rode and I'd buy him in a heartbeat if the owner agreed to sell him. He had the most beautiful canter when you could get him to (you just had to know what buttons to push lol!) If your not looking for anything fancy then I'd say take a look at him. A ugly horse may have the temperment of a million to one on the inside you never know :)
Although he does have a stereotypical "Standardbred" head, I would just like to note not all standies are like that. My old mare was a standardbred and she was amazing. Gorgeous horse. A very talented jumper, very quiet and trustworthy.
Just trying to stop the standardbred discrimination! Haha
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Alright, you are looking at a horse to just be a good riding horse, right? Looks is then far less important then if you were going to be showing in halter or something like that. The most important thing for a riding horse is soundness and how broke it is. This horse based on all the pics with little kids on him seems to fit that bill. How much a horse is worth depends on many things and the shape of the head is pretty far down the list on importance.
This horse may not be a raving beauty on the outside but seems to be on the inside. One thing I have found is that the horses I have dealt with from the Amish or Mennonites are very very broke. Looks like this guy has had some rough times and would appreciate some love and spoiling as he moves into his older years. All horses are beautiful.
I like him, I love a unique looking horse, and I am partial to roman noses. I have always wanted a Cleaveland Bay, known for their roman noses.
Living with the Amish, I am sure he is dead broke and has had a less than ideal life, he deserves a good life with a loving family.
Standardbreds are awesome. The best for putting up with people and just being a good sport. And they CAN run! Ours had a jack rabbit start that could put any quarter horse to shame... She's gone now but if I had the chance of getting another I would take it in a blink.media 002.jpg
Standardbreds are awesome. As many have said they have a great brain, that's why they have giant heads. The horse's value is based on how safe they are. They can bend at the pole, jump, barrel race, or do dressage. There are a shocking number of lies out there about standardbreds. At the end of the day, there is a reason that the Amish and the Menonities use them and that's because they are pretty safe.
I looked up the name and I could not find anything. The USTA would be the governing and registration section. You can call them ask for information. I have done this in the past and they are very willing to help. Registration could be a lie or not. I don't recognize any "big names" in his name. Which is often an indicator of who parents are. That's why you see a lot of Cam this or RC that. He could be a homebred who never made it to the track. I know a lot of Amish love "racing a horse" but don't like the money and environment that accompanies racing. They would be highly unlikely to sell a horse or race a horse. Which means that a registration may not mean anything to them. The menonities may share this idea. The only time when I have heard about registration making a difference is when you are dealing with issues of ownership. I am familiar with someone who had a horse gotten for free, they demanded registration ownership and transfer. The horse greatly appreciated in value and the original owner came back saying they had stolen the horse. So, that's the only reason it might matter.
I am bummed out..... the lady that had him for sale, emailed me and said she had a guy coming to pick him up today. He has only been posted for less then 24 hours! If he doesn't get picked up, she'll email me :)