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Loyal, rugged, and sensible are some of the many words used to describe Standardbred horses.
Police love to use Standardbreds, because they don’t spook easily and are steady in a crowd.
It is not just their sweet personality that makes them great. Standardbreds are fast! Standardbreds are stronger and longer in length than Thoroughbreds. They have powerful shoulders and strong hindquarters.
Hindquarters are the back legs and rounded back part, or rump, of a horse.
Before cars, Standardbred horses were very popular because you could use them to pull your cart during the week and also race them on the weekend.
The Standarbred breed began over 200 years ago in England. The father of all Standardbred horses was named Mambrino. Mambrino’s son, Messenger, became the father to some of the greatest racehorses in American history. Standardbreds are also great jumpers. Standardbreds come in two types, the trotter and the pacer.
Pacers are horses that run in a harness and they don’t trot like other breeds of horses. Both legs of one side move together called pacing.
What do they look like? Most Standardbreds are usually 15-17 hands high, or 5 feet and taller, which makes them very large horses. Brown is the most common color of the breed.
Standardbreds are popular with the Amish people of Pennsylvania. The Amish use Standardbreds to pull their buggies.