I am quite a novice in the horsie world I’m not freighted to say it J I recently took on my first “project horse” a 15.3, 3 year old Sandardbred ex pacer. I have to say this young boy has impressed me so much in the short time that I have had him. He is so bold and affectionate; he is a very quick learner who will do anything to have my attention!! He is extremely sensible and when presented with a new item or situation he handles it calmly and works his way through, all for the all important words “good boy” from me and an affectionate pat. Supposedly this is not an unusual personality for a Standardbred, calm, intelligent horses that thrive on attention.
What I would really liked to know though, is why since I have had my new boy do I so often hear the words “He is a really good looking boy for a Standardbred” or the ones I love the most “he doesn’t look like a Standardbred” the later is normally said, after someone has told me what a handsome boy he is and what good confirmation he has. When I proudly say that he is a Standardbred, It is like they feel they have to justify why they said he is good looking with good confirmation.
Why do people seem to think that Standardbreds are less of a horse because of their breed?
Obviously, I can't speak for why others say what they do but, we all have our favorites. Maybe the people who made those comments are not often drawn to Standardbred horses?
What you have described is rather typical of standardbred horses as far as their "easy going nature" and "bold personalities" thus making them a good option for one with less experience. That said, there are always exceptions to the rule. ha ha
Do you have any pictures of your boy?
I added one to my profile pic, I will have a play tonight and see what others i can add :)
A good horse is not about looks, so much as ride, soundness, training and temperment. My favorite breed of horse, the Peruvian, is not thought by many to be beautiful. They have big shoulders and tiny tucked-under butts. Most people love the big butt QH look. To many people they look unbalanced. Regardless of thier looks, the ride is wonderful. That tucked under butt brings those hind legs right under them and the big shoulder powers the front end with their lift and termino.
Standardbreds were bred to trot and pull so they may have build that is great for a horse bred for that job. So what if the QH people think they are funny looking. He sounds like a great horse.
I think Standardbreds are rumored to be "ugly" partly because some, or many, of them have larger heads with a bit of a roman nose. Personally, I like the big ole Standardbred head because it looks old fashioned. They are a very versatile breed and often can be trained to perform well in many disciplines. They also tend to have that easy-going temperament. Personally, I prefer their looks over that of most Quarter-type horses but then I'm not a western person.
TWH often have a big head.
I don't know anything about Standardbreds but they sound nice.
Most people hear the word Standardbred and think of braindead Thoroughbreds that look like this.
Personally, I love Standardbreds. I've never ridden one or worked with one, but every one of them I have met has been friendly and good-natured. On top of that, I've heard wonderful success stories, and I'm actually planning to buy one in the future.
I must ask though, as a fellow novice rider, are you breaking him to saddle yourself? It's been recommended to me to buy one that is already broken, or send one to a trainer, so I'm curious.
Also, photos are very much required :D
I loooooove me some standies!!! Never met one I didn't like. And I love their typical big beautiful faces. I just posted a thread called Autumn Beauty that has some nice pics of a 19 year old ex racer standie. He is a cuddle bug and so sweet, always the first to come say "hey there, got any food???! Or hugs??!"
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My standie never raced, but she's just so awesome. Sweet, calm, and willing. I love her to death<3 She'll be fully mine soon :DD
In my ignorance, I always though of SB as just harness horses. You all are talking about thier nice personalities and enjoying them as riding horses. Being a gaited horse rider, I tremble at the thought of riding a horse that trots but so many people do. I would think that Sb's have a powerful trot. Is it hard to ride?
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