Are Standardbred Horses Good for Beginners or Not?

It depends. Normally, a standard bred is not an easy gaited horse. However, if the STB paces, then, yes, they’re “gaited” but a pace is quite hard to ride.


A Standardbred that that is off the track might be a good horse for beginners if it has been thoroughly reclaimed from the track and has experience (lots of it as a riding horse). Generally, the STB’s are a pleasure to work with on the ground and have sweet dispositions.

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Are Standardbred Horses Good for Beginners

Again, Standardbreds are great horses if they have already been restrained but not for a complete novice. Instead take lessons, coboard, lease then buy.

”As an extremely beginner rider”, it would be better to direct time and energy to gaining more riding experience rather than looking for the perfect horse suitable for beginners.

In fact, the best first horse for any beginner is usually a leased horse; your interests and abilities may outstrip the capabilities of a truly suitable first horse in fairly short order, but that’s a much preferable scenario than starting out with too much horse.

are standardbred horses good for beginners


You can’t just throw a saddle over a horse (even if it has been trained to pull a race bike and jogger) and it automatically becomes a good riding horse.

Now, there is an exception; For a beginner who is able to master his experiences, I think they are a good beginner horse because of their price and temperaments, but like any horse in the world, you should ride one with some training.

You wouldn’t get a Standardbred with only a few months under saddle, nor would you get a Arab, B, or QH.

While conducting research for this article – Are Standardbred horses good for beginners or not? I found that 80% of newbies standard of “first horse” seems rather outrageous.

To me a first horse must be calm, reliable, and responsive. A large number of first horse owners cannot even afford a well-trained horse, but chances are they don’t even need one either…. Only an experience horse that is both calm and quiet.

To be honest, you should be ready to pay thousands of dollars if you want a horse that is well-trained, quiet, experienced and sound.

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In conclusion: I recommend any newbie to take a year of riding horse lessons before even thinking of owning a horse. Anything lesser than that and you might not be skilled enough, and even if you are its not enough time to truly know if you want to continue horse riding.

Take lessons then define what you want. Check out what disciplines you want to compete in or lean, then you are at a better chance of finding  a good horse for what you want to do, whether it be a TB, QH, Standardbred, Morgan, Warmblood etc.

Are Standardbred horses good for beginners? What do you think?