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Re: [RC] Pacing & gelding - Nancy Sturm

My adult daughter bought an off-track Standardbred gelding several years
ago.  When he didn't work out as en endurance horse, I bought him from her
because I felt sorry for him.  She ended up with a 3/4 Arab 1/4 Stadardbred
gelding,  Ayem Smoke Perdue.

Twist paced at the track, not very fast apparently.  His lifetime earnings,
just one season, were $1008.

He has a nice canter and will trot, but he was bred to pace and  corrected
if he broke pace.  What he does is sometimes called a "hard pace".  He rolls
from side to side like a ship at sea.  At speed, it is the most
uncomfortable gait I've ever tried to sit.  You can't post.  Slowed down,
it's rideable.  He occassionally will fall into a broken pace, which is
pretty pleasant.

This is the horse our grandchildren and first-time adult riders use.  He's
broke to drive of course  and has been used as a therapy horse for our
disabled daughter.  He has the typical phlegmatic Standardbred temperment
and is a sweetheart to handle in every way.  I rarely ride him, though, he
is just so lazy and uncomfortable.

Nancy Sturm, owner of Twisted Mister


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