One of the Mini's I recently, pretty much rescued, is not working out. She is slowly coming along but our personalities clash to much so I have decided to rehome her. I think she would do better in a home where someone can give her some one on one attention where as I have Arrow and Sanuye always butting her out of everything we do together but that's not the point of this post lol.. I put her up for sale. Wasn't asking very much for her and even put on the ad that she is a rescue and will be a long road to getting her where she needs to be. Well this lady is wanting a mini pretty bad. She has always been around horses and has wanted a mini.. She lives on a Dairy farm and currently has a 4 year old Standardbred mare that she is wanting to trade for Belles (mini).
Now she has told me that she has done a lot of ground training with her. She got her in June. The previous owners owned her since she was a year old. Has had the saddle on her and sat on her but nothing else. She's easy to catch, bath, load and things of that nature. She recently learned she was expecting and that's why she is wanting to get rid of her, but she wants a horse and said a mini would be perfect for her. The SB is supposed to be 14.3hh and 900lbs do yall think she will continue to grow up? How tall are they usually?
Now on to the actual point of this thread lol.. I have owned one Standardbred in my life and LOVED him, he was great.. But I had some questions about the breed and if anyone had any please post pics and tell me about them.
Are they easy to train? I got mine as a 6 year old already broke.. Are they generally easy keepers? The one I owned was but I was asking in case that was just him.
I know all horses are different but just wanted to see what others thought. Anything else you would want me to know feel free to tell me. Thanks so much.
its hard to tell without pics if she would grow more or not. most are pretty much done getting taller by 4, but i have seen a few grow til they were 5. and weight wise ive seen ranges from 900lbs to my broodmares 1250lbs. it all depends on breeding.
training they are pretty good and easy. STBs tend to want to do anything to make you happy, and are usually pretty compliant once they figure out what you want from them.
easy keepers? depends on what kind of work your doing with them. if there are no lameness problems or anything, theyre generally very easy keepers.
other than what you asked, theyre pretty well rounded horses and can excell in many areas. i love them.
I was going to actually pm you but I couldn't remember your name LOL I knew you had them. One other question...The one I had was broke to ride but if I get her I would want to break her to ride and drive.. Are they usually good about going both ways? I have some pics of her but they are on my cell and I don't know how to get them on here lol.
absolutely, there are a ton of them that both ride and drive. and a lot of them you can just get up on and ride if they have been driving for a while. my 7yr old pacing mare for example. we got her when she was 3 from someone who abused her greatly. we have been racing her since then. one day this summer i decided i was going to ride her. i tossed a saddle and bridle on her and away we went. and she acted like she had been doing it her whole life. of course she doesnt know things like cantering and saddle or whatever commands, but i could get up tell her to go and away we walked. if i chirped at her we trotted, and if i pulled back a little she slowed immediately.
Oh okay :) That's good to hear then. What age do yall usually break yours in at? She is 4 and has only had the saddle put on her and then the lady sat on her a few times but that's it..
we break everything as yearlings. i know not everyone agrees on that, but thats how the racing industry is. the goal is to race as a 2yr old, so breaking has to start early. i think at 4 your definately ready.
Yeah I believe so :) Luckily my brother is a horse trainer so everything should go pretty smoothly with her I am hoping anyways.. lol
i dont think you will have a problem. keep me posted and make sure to post some pics!!!
i dont think you will have a problem. keep me posted and post pics when you get them. also if you fine out anything about her breeding let me know, im always interested!!
Pics are in the Picture section :)
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