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Talk to me about repurposed Standardbreds...

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  • Talk to me about repurposed Standardbreds...

    as eventers. Anyone? Trotters, preferably. Stories, pictures, tales of greatness welcome.

  • #2
    My coach had a retired STB thart she went advanced level on back in the late 80's. He was apperently quite amazing, and lived as a retiree forever! I don't know tons about him, but enough I'd buy a STB in a hearbeat! (I believe he was a trotter).


    • #3
      The ony problem i've seen is that they can be difficult to teach to canter and can have a "standardbredy" canter.
      Last edited by enjoytheride; Jan. 14, 2012, 01:21 PM.


      • #4
        A local trainer has a bunch of failed/retired OTSTBs in her barn, from eventers, hunters to dressage. I loved working with them at the track, very willing personalities. I think of them as very similar to TBs with maybe a notch down on the excitibility scale for the most part! Oh, and the ones I knew had feet of iron.


        • #5
          I had one in the early '80's. Tough, sturdy, sound, and sane. Hunted her for a few seasons. She only evented with me for two years, never had a competitive jump fault and was on the top ten in the province both years. Sold her to a HJ barn because of her neat little tight jump. Dressage was her weakest phase.
          That was in the days when Training was the lowest height and there were no standards for water jumps - one lake we landed in the water came into my boots...she was almost swimming as she was only 15.1 hh. She was trotter bred.
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          • #6
            I've had several in the barn, at various points, both trotters and pacers, that have done well for themselves as hunters, trail horses and some lower level dressage. And I wouldn't hesitate to try eventing one myself. Come to think of it, the 2 Stdb 'retirees' (came off the track @ 5 and 6, and have been just hanging out for the past couple of years) could probably use a job, maybe conduct a little experiment? Stellar little horses, IME.
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            • #7
              Passed my "A" Pony Club rating on one...she was 20 at the time and had done Prelim with several of her previous owners.

              She was a wonderful mare and would jump the moon!


              • #8
                One of my boarders has one, she's one of my favorites -- a very sensible horse.

                When she goes in a frame she looks just like a warmblood doing beautiful dressage. HOWEVER. She will *not* canter in a ring, so my boarder (who does event) cannot compete her. So they do hunter paces.
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                • #9
                  I love them, and I'd have one in a heartbeat. My friend has a large camp/lesson program and she always has a couple. They are usually very sane, sound with a good worth ethic. Some learn to canter just fine, some struggle with it.

                  They are always quite brave though, not spooky, and just nice all around horses.
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                  • Original Poster

                    OK, I promised myself I'd wait til he was home with pictures, but...

                    I'm supposed to go pick Jess up this morning. Jess is a true 17h STB that should weigh in at about 1500lb once I get him up to fighting weight. Three socks, I think (at least two, for sure) on a big, almost blood bay. Tattoo was illegible in the dark of the arena but I'm hoping with good light and a camera I can at leaset make out the letter. Teeth say ~10, which is in line with the giver-away-er's story. Totally sound, been used for mountain trails by an old man who didn't think it'd be a problem to get on and off 17h by himself with no mounting block. Said to have raced and certainly moves like a trotter but the lady wasn't sure since she didn't think he had a tattoo (I pointed out a grouping of black dots that didn't look lke freckles; the underneath of his lip has some dark splotches and mottling where the tattoo would go...). I *did* see a canter a few times while he was free in the arena and it appeared to be fairly nice - not lateral and flat like a lot of STB's I've seen.

                    He's big, sweet, and VERY busy. Needs some work on his ground manners and a good body clip/mane pull spa day, but otherwise? SQUEEEEE!

                    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Unless it's to check his tattoo.


                    • #11
                      Congrats! Need pictures, stat!

                      I love STBs and if I were in the market for another horse, wouldn't put it past me to get one.
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                      • #12
                        New Vocations adopts out TB and Standardbred ex-racehorses. They have some good info here: http://www.horseadoption.com/standardbred-adoption/
                        and would probably be a good contact if you had further questions.

                        Congrats and good luck!!!


                        • Original Poster

                          They just aren't all that common around here, we just have TB and QH racing. I'm told he was bought out of Grants Pass. His feet need some work, I'm told the old guy tried to do the trims himself and they look pretty slipper-like, all run forward and flat.

                          I'm hoping to go get him in a few hours - we got some snow last night and he's up towards the mountains, but the weather people say it should slow down and warm up a few degrees between 12 and 2pm, so I'm hoping to hit that window.


                          • #14
                            all of the standardbreds i have met are all built really well, too!!


                            • #15
                              My STB is a pacer, but trotting has never a problem. He only paces if he is really nervous about something -- so it's easy to tell when he is genuinely upset about something or just acting stupid. It took a long time to get the canter, but his canter is TERRIFIC. They're taught not to canter, so you have to undo that training. If you're on the East Coast, Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in NJ has a nice 3 yo gelding for adoption who was born on the farm out of a rescued broodmare and is ready to go for training. He should mature around 17 hands.


                              • Original Poster

                                All right, here we go.

                                Say hello to Dutchman. He'll be 11 in April, technically. He has a freezebrand, so I was able to clip it and got a nice clear read. He's a BIG boy, and I say that already having a BIG TB in the barn. The TB might be taller, but this guy is broad. I'll get some better pictures tomorrow (hopefully) when I have someone to hold him for me. He didn't give a rat's behind about the cows, either.

                                He's a busy body, and a little impatient and lacking in ground manners, but those are all minor fixes. He needs his sheath cleaned badly, but I didn't have the drugs on hand that will be needed. He was sensitive about me touching anywhere near it, so I suspect it may be pretty painful. Poor guy!


                                • #17
                                  Bravo - having had a wonderful standardbred myself I can only say I am so excited for you and your new project. Lucky Dutchman. Looking forward to a picture when he has had a day at the spa.
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                                  • #18
                                    Wow, he is a big boy Congrats, he looks like a sweetie!


                                    • #19
                                      He is scrumptious Heinz! Love his face and what a hunk of a horse. You do find some gems, don't you? Good luck and keep us up to date on this new project. Maybe he'll make an appearance at a few of our schooling shows this summer!
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                                      • Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                                        He is scrumptious Heinz! Love his face and what a hunk of a horse. You do find some gems, don't you? Good luck and keep us up to date on this new project. Maybe he'll make an appearance at a few of our schooling shows this summer!
                                        I suspect he will, if nothing else just to hang out. I'm excited to get him cleaned up and polished - he's of decent enough weight, just needs topline and some filling out. I really don't want to work him until we get that sheath cleaned though, it seemed to bother him enough that he didn't want to move out much.

                                        This is a whole new world, must go research training the OTSTB for eventing!