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post #1 of 15 Old 04-12-2010, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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I wanna go on trail rides with my only horse. . . My lovely standardbred. . . Do you think a standardbred will be a good trail horse???

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post #2 of 15 Old 04-12-2010, 09:12 AM
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I think any horse can be a trail horse with proper training. Start out on trails that aren't too hilly and little or no barriers and get your horse used to them if he/she has never been out of the arena. My horse is an off the track Quarter Horse and he is doing well. Not perfect but well. He isn't spooky which is good for me. This past weekend I ran into: Quarter Horses, paints, Tennessee Walkers, grade horses, Arabians, and a mule. I have rode with other gaited horses and Thoroughbreds so I don't see why your Standardbred would be an issue. It is still a horse! Have fun!

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kay thanks bunches =) im going to be riddin trails next weekend =) thanks again!!

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Standardbreds make GREAT trail horses!!!!! Great ,great ,great!!!
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Standardbreds make GREAT trail horses!!!!! Great ,great ,great!!!
I agree, I rode one for years and she was great. The breed is known for being a very stable, fearless horse. That is one of the many appeals the amish have for them.
They also have a nice trot, a ground covering trot, great endurance and if taught have a slow laid back lope, as good as any other horse.
Pacers have a nice gait to sit too.

They also make good jumpers, bold, powerful.
Crossed with an arab they give the arab a better trot.

NO I admire the breed.
You have the makes of a great trail horse.

Won my first endurance ride, my first best condition on a standard bred.
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I can't wait til he loses his winter coat. . . When are they suppose to start losin them???

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I think any horse can be a trail horse with proper training. Start out on trails that aren't too hilly and little or no barriers and get your horse used to them if he/she has never been out of the arena. My horse is an off the track Quarter Horse and he is doing well. Not perfect but well. He isn't spooky which is good for me. This past weekend I ran into: Quarter Horses, paints, Tennessee Walkers, grade horses, Arabians, and a mule. I have rode with other gaited horses and Thoroughbreds so I don't see why your Standardbred would be an issue. It is still a horse! Have fun!
^ What they said! Breed really doesn't matter for trail riding, just the individual horses personality.

I have a standardbred/quarter horse mare and she is an awesome trail horse!

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I have known a few standardbreds, and they all have had such big hearts, and were wonderful trail mounts.
One in particular was named Gulliver, was sold to a friend by a horse dealer who claimed the horse was 12. So obviously the horse was really about 20, lol. (Ooch, sorry to all of you honest dealers out there) Anyway he was to be used as a mount for their 12 year old daughter, fairly new to horses. So this little girl had 2 friends over, and they wanted to learn how to mount bareback from the ground. One would hold Gully, the other two would take turns trying (unsuccessfully) to jump on. Gully was standing stock still, watching with great interest as the girls crashed into his side. Eventually the kids forgot that someone should remain holding the horse, and he was left to stand on his own while they continued to try to mount. And stand he did for 20 more minutes, just adoring the attention from the girls. A week after getting him, this young girl was confidently loping bareback around the paddock.
Good luck with your trail ride, and have fun!
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I had two rescued form the harness racing track on there way to slaughter...

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Yukontanya, that is a riot! I've never seen a horse eat while laying down.

Have ridden with many Standardbreds and have been very impressed with their "seen that , done that" attitude. Very sensible and steady horses. Have met only one mare that is the walking poster horse for "mareish". She is the horse from hell, though she is steady for her rider, do not get near her. Sqealing and ready to kick at other horses. But , she has been the only exception to the Standardbreds I've met, and in her case, don't think it's a breed issue, more a very hormonal mare issue. LOL!

Oh yes, I remember one particular ride where this mare, named Promise, decided that my friends gelding was to her likeing. She went into heat on the spot. Would scream everytime another horse went near DannyBoy. Got to the point her rider , in a very authorative voice yelled, "Stand down Promise". Thought I'd wet myself from laughing. It was just too **** funny.

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