A while ago a few might recall I had a survey on training with your Standardbred. I have had the time to sit down and really go through the results, thank you to everyone who took part in the survey! It is amazing to put some of these stats together about our training with these beautiful animals.
I would like to share the overall results and break down the results with my detailed thoughts over the next few blog posts. Which I’m TOTALLY looking forward to writing!
Here are the following questions asked that were happily answered by fellow Standardbred riders, thank you again it wasn’t easy for me to put feelers out there and to get an amazing response like this was fantastic!
What is your main concern with your training at this point in time?
Canter transitions – 35%
Getting a balanced trot- 35%
Having trouble with pacing – 25%
Maintaining the canter– 5 %
In addition to the above concerns more specifically people mentioned.
Improving the quality of canter
Struggles with right canter lead
Starting under saddle and transition from racing in harness to pleasure harness
Proper collection, canter transitions are fine
Refusing new jumps
Cantering under saddle
Getting a nice steady trot.
How long has your standardbred been under saddle?
Not yet started under saddle – 5%
Under 6 months- 20%
6-12 months– 15%
12-18 months– 10%
18-24 months– 15%
24 months and over – 35%
How did you come across your Standardbred?
Through an adoption program (eg SPPHA)- 25%
Purchased from a non-racing home– 45%
Family or friends involved in the industry– 25%
Sourced straight from the track- 5%
What State do you live in?
This next question I REALLY enjoyed reading the answers! 🙂
What is your overall goal with your Standardbred, what is it that you want to succeed at?
I had several people comment with Dressage (riders out of my own heart! High five!).
But with a mix result from endurance riding, adult riding club, a few shows, eventing, low level eventing, high level show jumping, ridden show horse, ambassador for the breed (love this one! ), breed gaited horses and to promote Standardbreds for the gaited horses under saddle, pleasure riding and cantering, and a bit of EVERYTHING. It’s great to read the versatility of disciplines that riders want to succeed at I honestly find it inspiring going through everyone’s comments. It keeps me motivated to keep doing what I’m doing with my riding, training and promoting the breed to the best of my ability.
A few other comments from people in the survey. Exercises to help with balance and suppleness. How you started, flash back Fridays (Love this one 🙂 ), Anything to help with calming my Standardbred so i can take her to shows, tips on re-training Standardbreds, Re-training Standardbreds and reducing the pacing. How to train them under saddle.
Happy Riding !