I was kind of under the impression that they couldn't jump. I don't know why. I've only ever known one and he wasn't very good, but I guess I've never really thought about them. I just googled a few things and they seem somewhat alright. I'd want a horse that was capable of jumping at least 4ft without problems. I'm not up to that yet as I have been out of riding for a while but I used to really like jumping. Can the average STB jump that?i dont know much about jumping, as i dont do any of that stuff (im lucky i can stay on riding!)
Also, I don't know much about them, but what is their general racing age?their general racing age? that depends, in the US horses have to retire at the end of their 14th year. but most dont race that long, usually around 7-9 is when you see the retiring the most.
What age would unsuccessful ones be sold of at? it depends, usually just a few grand at the most.
Also, are they broken to saddle/rider, or just harness? Most are just broke to harness, but are easily broke to ride. most of my harness horses have never been ridden, but i get on them bareback and ride and they arent a problem. i actually recently just rode my 7yr old mare, Sumaturo. we got her when she was 3, and she was extremely headshy and crazy. we have had her all that time, and she has NEVER been ridden. i put a saddle on her one day and got on. she rode like she had been doing it all her life. a lot of the people who have riding horses that have STB racehorses will ride them.
Are they any good at dressage, they look quite nice, I was just looking at pics, and they seem like they have reasonable conformation to do most things? as far as i know theyre pretty well rounded horses, and they are also gaited horses, so ya know....
Also, are trotters or pacers better? there really is no "better". the only thing i will say is pacers also trot naturally. some trotters will not pace and some will, so it all depends i guess on if that makes a difference to you. also they have different muscles built up from using the specific gait all the time. trotters are more muscular in their chests, while pacers and more in the hind quarters.