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midnight dream 09-21-2013 11:33 AM

new to standardbreds
hi I have recently bought a standard bred, I was looking for a happy hacker when I came across a standard bred for sale so when I went to see him he was too small there was also another for sale in the same field a bit bigger that had just retired from racing so I tried him out and was in love!! I had heard of the breed before but had never ridden one so I was intrigued by the special gait! was expecting to lose my balance but actually found it very comfortable. I fell in love with him and bought him!! :)

im just wondering if anyone can give me their experiences with the breed also if they can enlighten me on the gaits as there is a trotter and pacer and im unsure of them I know that mine was raced as a trotter but im a complete novice when it comes to this breed
thanks in advance

deserthorsewoman 09-21-2013 12:17 PM

Congrats :-)
You will find standies are sweet, affectionate, and personable, intelligent and, most geldings, goofy at times.
They've seen it all( pretty much), have lots of handling, stand tied for hours, for the vet and farrier, being tacked up. They do go, when asked, but usually don't lose their head over it.
My first trotter did toelt, or rack( I think that's the equivalent to toelt), but he had mainly American bloodlines. My other one never offered, she was almost exclusively of Italian lines. I was told the American lines bring the gait in trotters.
As you can probably tell, I have a soft spot for them;-)
I'm also not a gait specialist, so somebody else will have to jump in. But as a breed, I really like them, they're versatile, you can do just about anything with them, and they're fun!
Oh yeah, and we need pictures....;-)

BornToRun 09-21-2013 12:21 PM

They love to learn!

Very easy to work with, they've been there done that. Super easy to take them to new places, like shows and trails. I love them!

Lexiie 09-21-2013 12:26 PM

My mare is a free-legged pacer (she trots as well) I love her! Standardbreds are definitely docile and patient, very willing.

I think her trot is gorgeous, it's big strided and strong BUT it is bouncy. My friend had a trotter (only) and he was VERY smooth at the trot.
He did race, and she a really hard time teaching him to canter.
My mare's canter is a bit funky, I think that's because she's gaited, it's smooth but it's not consistent. I've seen pacers with PERFECT canters. They just need some schooling on how to carry themselves correctly.

I definitely want to see pictures!

midnight dream 09-21-2013 01:22 PM

he is very sweet :) he doesn't like being tied up and is very attached to a pony at the farm so makes it difficult when bringing him out of field and hacking/ trail riding. :( he has American lines and believe he is full American I have no idea if it is the toelt he does or rack :S he does canter as when I tried him out he did do a few strides of canter for me. and yes will post pics he is in my picture but its not the best

midnight dream 09-21-2013 01:24 PM

I don't think its showing in my picture if its a black horse this is not him its my old horse will get pics though x

midnight dream 09-21-2013 02:38 PM

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here are some pictures of him :)

Alexandra V 09-21-2013 02:45 PM

Wow!! I know nothing about Standardbreds but he's absolutely gorgeous! Congrats :D

midnight dream 09-21-2013 02:49 PM

thank you im not into finer breeds I love cobs but since having jasper im totally in love with this breed :)

rookie 09-21-2013 02:52 PM

Welcome to the wonderful world of Standardbreds! They are great horses. Many have the additional paces of single foot and racking. I would guess that your new boy did a single foot, super smooth but sort of between a walk and a trot speed wise. How easily/willingly they canter depends on how long they were at the track. What is your horses registered name?

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