The "other" track horses - Standardbreds
Just wondered who out there might have one and what they were doing with theirs?
We used to get a bunch when I worked at a summer camp in college. They were typically sane, smart horses, quieter than their TB counterparts, and sounder too. Is this the norm?
Some never quite "got" cantering (we had a few that would pace but most that came through seemed to be trotters) and some others turned into fabulous jumpers and lesson horses.
I am NOT in the market, but I AM sad of battling lameness issues in my TB. I have had mostly TBs and TBXs, never thought about owning a standardbred.... but I have New Vocations in my FB newsfeed and just saw a promo about STBs. If they are seemingly sounder/sturdier than their TB friends maybe that is a direction for me to go, someday.
We breed, raise , race and rehome them!!
They are a whole different creature than the TB. The are Proactive, while most TBs are reactive. Besides the uncanny feet, they are sound even after racing most of the time. They are so easy to retrain, and are usually smaller than TBs, and very strong. We breed Trotters and have had several become low level eventers after racing....really careful, knee snapping jumpers. After a career in harness all of ours have been "tack up and go" .....they just seem to accept that their human is now ON them instead of BEHIND them. Wonderful wonderful horses!!!