I HATE the stereotype that all Standardbreds are crap. Now I don't own one, I know one at my paddock and I have heard lots of good things about them from various sources, but it's mainly the ignorance of the statement that riles me.
There is a lady who moved her pony to our agistment only recently, and I was chatting to her the other day. The lady and her daughter who lease my mare were there as well, and the daughter was pointing out a horse that she liked in a horse advertising magazine. He was a nice 15hh Standie and from the add appeared to be a good childs horse.
"Oh, not him!" the lady says. "He's a standardbred!"
I proceeded to ask her what was wrong with standies and she replied "They're not worth anything."
This coming from a lady who has been around horses all her life and even breeds, I could not believe she would give me such a lame reason. I think standardbreds have a lot going for them - they are generally nice solid horses, easy-keepers, with good feet and are known for their good nature and trainability. Perfect, I would say, for a little girl who just wants to pleasure ride and have fun at Pony Club.
Yet I have found that there is a huge prejudice in AUS against Standardbreds, but no one that I have asked yet has been able to give me a reason other than "They're just no-good horses."