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post #1 of 8 Old 04-02-2012, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Standardbred thoughts?

Not really a confo critique , butI was hoping I could get some thoughts on my Standardbred mare. She's off the track, and I have no intentions of sending her back, so what kind of things does she look like she might excel at? I was thinking jumping, or eventing, but I ride western most often. The first picture is just to compare how she looked in January 2011, when I first got her, and the other two were taken a couple weeks ago.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-02-2012, 08:14 PM
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Well, from Working an owning Standardbreds, mostly Pacers, the Pace sometimes is hard to get out of them, don't know about riding the trotters. Other than that she doesn't seem to have the long Standardbred head.

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she looks better through the topline in the recent photos but I don't see a lot of strong jumping physical traits as her hind end is her weaker part. But of course, form to function is not always applicable. Does she like to jump? And do you? You say you ride western but are asking if she'd be a good eventer, does that mean you also like to event? I think she's well suited to western but her nice high neck tie in probably means she'd be nice at english events. Movement vids would help determine. The question is, what do you want to do with her? No reason she couldn't do lower levels of anything you put to her if she's willing.
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she looks better through the topline in the recent photos but I don't see a lot of strong jumping physical traits as her hind end is her weaker part. But of course, form to function is not always applicable. Does she like to jump? And do you? You say you ride western but are asking if she'd be a good eventer, does that mean you also like to event? I think she's well suited to western but her nice high neck tie in probably means she'd be nice at english events. Movement vids would help determine. The question is, what do you want to do with her? No reason she couldn't do lower levels of anything you put to her if she's willing.
I'm not sure if she likes to jump, but she will jump ground poles when she's on the lunge line. I do like to jump, I took hunt lessons a long time ago, and a few jump lessons here and there, but I probably wouldn't show it. I wasn't asking if she would be a good jumper or eventer, I was just saying that's what I thought she might be good at. I'm not sure what I want to do with her, trail riding definitely. I think I might want to try barrel racing with her, or WP but I'm not sure how well she'd do at it.

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She's a nice looking mare.

My first several horses were STBs. Used to pick up geldings for $1. They did real well in hunter classes and, though in Michigan at the time, I found quite a bit of cow work for them. Roping, general cattle work. I'm not a fan of western pleasure, so I won't weigh in on that.
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She could try showmanship BornToRun? That's one thing. With Klingon ( one of my horses) since he is also a standardbred, he has achieved more in using the cues for the canter. And Becky (my sister) is thinking of showing him in the summer and use him just for hacking around.

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You could hook her up and drive her. I love taking my Standardbred "Star" out for drives around these country roads. It is so relaxing..... Or there are lots of competative driving events now if your not into relaxing
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You could hook her up and drive her. I love taking my Standardbred "Star" out for drives around these country roads. It is so relaxing..... Or there are lots of competative driving events now if your not into relaxing
lol, I would, but I don't have a harness or anything to drive

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