Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I'm a standardbred person, and can tell you that SOME pacers have a hard time with the trot. Like PP said, it's mostly in the transitions. Pacing is so natural to some, it's just what they need to do to get themselves organized. A lot of racehorses, even pacers, do their jogging miles at the trot, so it's usually not totally foreign. Standardbreds, especially trotters, can have the most beautiful exteded trots! My friend had a standardbred that she shows in eventing. She does very well with him, a lot of people ask if he's a warmblood. She just says "well, kida, but not in the way you think!" Good luck with him! I think standardbreds are such awesome, smart and willing horses.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork