Standardbreds Wanted for Videos

Raising the Standards is in the process of re-shooting some of our online retraining resources, as well as preparing for an exciting new project! Rather than asking our friends with established Standardbreds to video (as we want to be authentic and show the real-life retaining process as it happens), we are putting the call out […]

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How Long Does It Take To Retrain A Standardbred?

As a go-to Standy gal, one of the most common questions I get asked about is how long it will take to break a Standardbred to saddle.  To this, my answer is an age-old classic: “how long is a piece of string?” As discussed in our Retraining Guides, rarely will two Standardbreds share the exact […]

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Facebook Bans Horse Sale Adverts – Sell Your Standardbred Here

Across the past few weeks, many social media users have started to sound the alarm, as Facebook bans horse sale listings. It seems that many equestrians are finding that their horse sale advertisements are being deleted or rejected by Facebook. The new Facebook bans on the sale of animals, inclusive of horses, has been in […]

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Retraining the Standardbred: Slow & Steady Wins the Pace

  As a Standardbred-specific trainer and coach, I speak to a lot of riders about issues such as how to correct pacing and how to teach the Standardbred to canter.  These would be ‘the big two’ tricky topics, in terms of working with the retired harness racehorse Providing advice to riders about horses I have […]

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Pony Club Standardbreds

Looking back on my childhood, I entered the Standardbred space long before ‘cart horses’ were considered a popular choice of riding partner. I’ll get into more detail about my own journey in an upcoming post, but let’s just say pony club was a polarising experience. Having recently caught up with a few inspiring young Standy […]

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5 Things To Love About Standardbreds

Versatility Strutting around the dressage ring one day, bush bashing the next; such is the life of a champ with a stamp.    There are Standardbreds out kicking butt in a vast range of activities: dressage, jumping, eventing, riding club, trail, endurance, driving (pleasure/show harness), games, sporting, western, campdrafting, Riding for the Disabled, Mounted Branch […]

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Big News for Standardbred Lovers

Around this time 8 years ago, Raising the Standards took in its first Standardbreds.  Two lovely gents, by the names of Wally and Barney.  As our gates swung open to welcome the boys, our lives were irrevocably changed for the better. Since this fateful beginning, we’ve been blessed by the relationships built with countless Standardbreds […]

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Buying a Horse: Tips for Finding the Right Mount.

Buying a new horse can be quite a daunting process.   In today’s age, buyers can access a plethora of platforms that promote horses looking for new homes: professional websites, horse traders, social media pages, magazines etc… As great as it is to have choices, it certainly can be confusing to cut through the noise […]

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