Greener Pastures


This section is to answer all types of questions relating to adoptions and Standardbred horses.

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Do all Standardbreds pace?

The simple answer to this question is no. The gait called pacing is a natural gait bred into these horses. There are two types of Standardbreds – one is bred to be”trotters” the other is bred to be “pacers”. The horses that we have in Greener Pastures are all bred as Pacers, as this is the only type of Standardbred racing in BC. This, however, does not mean that our horses do not or cannot trot. They simply have another gait.

I would like to do jumping and dressage with my new horse, can they do that?

Yes! Please keep in mind that you will be asking your horse to do something totally different than it has ever done before, so patience  will be required on your part to teach the different tasks you will be asking of your horse.

Why are some of the horses available so young?

A horse that doesn’t have the interest or competitive nature required for racing will not make a racehorse. If after its 3rd year the horse still doesn’t develop the interest or talent for racing it is retired. These often make the best choices for developing into different disciplines.

These horses are bred for racing.¬† Does not that mean they will be “hot”?

Fortunately no. The Standardbred is a remarkable breed that almost has an “on/off” switch. They can turn it on when required, and off just as fast;¬† but are by nature very friendly and loving horses who thrive on having a job to do and will try their best to please.

This will be the first horse I have owned. Am I qualified to adopt?

With a little experience under your belt and an experienced trainer at the ready, a successful match can certainly be made. We will work with you to ensure that we select a horse with the right disposition for you.

My Standardbred doesn’t want to stop when he gets going.

When the horse is trained to race he is taught to “take the bit”, meaning that when the rein is applied he leans into both the bit and the harness to pull faster. The method we use to explain to the horse that we are asking for a stop is to use the strong verbal ‘whoa’ slightly before applying the rein. When first started under saddle work the walk and stop before ever asking for a faster gait. Walk, verbal “whoa”, sit deep, apply the rein. When stopped, praise and repeat. Keep practicing until the horse is anticipating your request simply by the shift in your weight.