Rider Reflection: The Secret to Retraining the Standardbred.

Through the writing process as part of the development of our new Retraining the Standardbred: Track to Hack course, I’ve had the opportunity to really step back and think about what the key ingredients have been in successfully retraining so many ex-harness horses over the years. If I had to put it down to the […]

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7 Habits of Successful Standardbred Retrainers

  As a standardbred retrainer with nearly a decade of professional experience under my belt (and many more years of personal retraining prior to this), I have been privileged to share ideas, seek guidance from and collaborate with some amazing standardbred aficionados over the years. I recently got to thinking about some of the habits […]

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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 the Standardbred: Track to Hack course, rarely will […]

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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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