Anyone here own a Standardbred?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by emjay, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    If so, would love to see pictures and would love to hear what you think of this breed as your riding horse.
  2. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    I have one, but several are used for endurance riding in Michigan. Can carry bigger riders and have a big trot.

    I know there are Standardbred rescue organizations where you can adopt off teh track one.
  3. verity

    verity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    We adopted a wonderful retired racer from SRF some years ago -- he ended up serious ringbone issues and was eventually put down -- buried in the meadow at the end of our road -- :-(

    "A'Johnny' was super-sweet and easy to handle --- before the ringbone progressed, he was a marvelous riding horse -- I am an 'old lady' and have never had any desire to do 'fancy-stuff' with horses and this guy was perfect for me --- every gait was smooth and he had a long stride at the 'walk' which was perfect for my little rides back through the woods behind our house --

    Everyone I have ever known who had a Standardbred has loved the breed ---
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I've never owned one but have worked with some. The ones that had never been thru a race barn and were not excessively pacey to ride made wonderful recreational horses, especially for trail but I know people who do Training-level dressage and low jumping with them with gratifying success. Some are really awkwardly pacey to ride but I suppose that is also partly a matter of personal taste.

    Some ex-racers make wonderful recreational horses too, but IME the average off-the-track Standardbred is significantly more chronically-lame and hurtin' than the average off-the-track Thoroughbred, except that since it tends to be in different body parts than with Thoroughbreds it is quite often overlooked even by some vets, sometimes to the detriment of the rider and very often to the detriment of the horse. Just because there is no obvious limp on one leg does not make a horse sound for continued work [​IMG] SO many off-the-track STBs have serious issues with feet, stifles and hind suspensories. By no means all, but a whole lot, especially the older ones (because of the relatively lower-impact way they race and train, and because of their generally very stoic hardworking honest dispositions, STBs can be kept racing in poorer physical shape than most TBs can)

    The ones I've worked with have had STELLAR minds and temperaments (making allowances for sometimes you have to invest some time teaching them to be a recreational private horse as opposed to a racehorse).

    JMHO, good luck, have fun,


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