Taking a Standardbred from the racetrack and retraining it to be a jumper, a barrel racer, or your next trail partner can be an amazing and educational journey. It may seem daunting at first, but with an open mind and a willingness to persevere you can bring out the best in your off track horse.
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From Track to Tack
Taking a retired Standardbred and introducing them to a new career can be a rewarding experience. But it's not without its challenges.
The Unraced Race Horse
Not all horses make it to the gate for their first race. However, that doesn't mean they miss out on all the skills acquired by horses with lengthy careers.
A Step Ahead
Off Track Standardbreds definitely come with their own set of challenges. But they also have a number of great traits! If you're new to the breed, this is a great place to start.
One of the most commonly asked questions has been answered! How is pacing different from trotting? Is it genetic? What are hopples?
The Horse Racing Community
One of the most important things you can do is set yourself up for success with your off track Standardbred is by learning as much as you can about the world they come from. A vital part of that world is the horsemen and women that make up the horse racing community.