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    05-28-2012, 10:26 PM
I bet next time you will have a lot more confidence!:)
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    05-29-2012, 01:11 AM
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    05-29-2012, 01:26 AM
Standardbreds have wonderful temperaments.
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    05-29-2012, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by oobiedoo    
I did it, I rode Judy Judy Big Ears this afternoon. Nothing impressive just 10 to 15 minutes in the back yard. Its so hot and very humid here today so by the time I cleaned her up, tacked up and lunged a little bit. We were both already sweaty so I just walked around,stop,turn,walk on kinda thing. After I got up there she did turn lmaround and give me a look like, oh that's where went. Lotta work for 10 minutes of riding but its a start. She is such a good girl. Does anyone else here have standardbred? I just wondered if this calm temperament is typical of the breed.
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Well if you read up on them, the answer I found is "yes". They supposedly get the good temperament from the Morgan horse side of the mix, as in differences in the Standardbred vs TB's. Oh and my TB is a sweetheart so I can just imagine how wonderful JuJu is! I am very happy for you.
    05-29-2012, 02:36 AM
IIing think so, you really couldn't ask for a better horse on the ground. Don't really know anything about her past. The people I bought her from said they gave a man 100 bucks each for her and another mare that were standing in a mud pen with no clean water and no hay or feed, all ribs and hip bones. I had called them about a pony they advertised for sale on craigslist, but the pony was already sold. I said thankyou and hung up, shortly the woman called me back and said she had a couple of horses if I might be interested. I was looking for something for my horse crazy {yep already} then 2yr old granddaughter, the woman asked a few more qeustions, emailed us pics and we drove about 200 miles the next day, I originally wanted the other mare just based on the photos but when we got there the lady told the bay mare would probably be a better fit as an only horse and that her small children went into the pasture and walked all around and under this mare and she just stands there. So I got my 200 dollar horse home the next weekend and she is a dream on the ground. We've walked Chloe{granddaughter all over the neighborhood from the beginning and she is totally unflappable about dogs, kids playing ball, the library bus, nothing spooks her. My daughter and Chloe live with me and when Chloe got home today she said let's go play with Judy big ears, Im like, what do you want to play? She says chase, I said horses aren't like dogs they don't play chase, well Judy lives in the backyard, only confined to her stall at night so we go out in the yard, Chloe grabs my hand and says run, we run to the other end of the yard and Judy comes right behind us. Her long legs can walk as fast as a 3yr old can run, so back and foth and around the yard we all went till Granny had to say enough, its too hot and Im tired. So I geuss I was wrong? If its not playing chase its at least a game of follow the leader.
Not to get too long here but as I said earlier we've put the weight back on her, she's got a shine on her coat even before brushing. The middle of next month will be one year with us. So now its time to step up the game which means me actually riding her so that next we can teach Chloe how to use reins and hands,so far she's just held onto the leadline and thought that was her reins while I lead the mare. Im pretty sure my fear here comes from having bought an off the track thoroughbred years ago, a 3yr old, skinny, very underweight. Seemed. Calm in the beginning and I had no problem lunging him even rode him. But once he was fed good and fattened up I got on him one day, walked off on a loose rein still adjusting my stirrups and Wam, he gave a buck that sent me flying, I swear I was looking at the top of a pine tree, I know when I got up I knew what people meant about seeing stars. After that I was scared to ride him, I made the decision to sell him cheap to a lady that did combined training since she would know how to bring him along. It wasn't his fault, I readily admit I don't know enough to start a green horse. But I think that's why Im afraid now that after getting Judy back in good shape that shell be too much for me. Of course Judys 20 yrs old, but she will give a few bucks when she's asked to go canter on a lunge line, but I don't think shed ever worked on a line before, and I don't know her background being a standardbred, if she was a trotter? Maybe this is new for her, but God sure blessed her and us by giving her the temperament of an angel. So Im going to keep working on me and her even if its 10 minutes in the backyard until I feel like we trust each other as much in the saddle as we do on the ground. Thanks for all your support and encouragement and for letting me tell you what a wonderful girl she is. Best 200 bucks I've ever spent for a playmate.
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    05-29-2012, 03:16 AM
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I would not worry too much about the couple of bucks on the lounge line. That is how they stretch and get adjusted also, does not mean they are wild or mad. My guys will kick and buck in the round pen when asked to go faster and they ride like a dream. So glad you are enjoying your mare. Please keep us posted on this. Can't wait to hear more.

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