The retraining method
Imagine a retraining method that builds needed muscles
and balance through simple exercises; that relies on encouragement and
positive re-inforcement for results; that respects and honors the horse; that builds trust, confidence and
relies on what is and feels natural to a horse. Voila! You have just described the retraining method
which so successfully enables a pacer
- to choose to trot rather than to pace
- to choose to canter rather than to pace
and to do so willingly and naturally!
Standardbred horse was born knowing how to canter. Standardbred pacers have simply been discouraged from trotting and cantering
from very early on in life. See how happy and easily your Standardbred pacer will enjoy her/his newfound freedom doing
what she/he was born to do!
The Standardbred Fan Club's natural horsemanship
approach to retraining the Standardbred horse is
based on developing a natural relationship with your horse through understanding.
By practising simple exercises in a step by step approach, even the novice can begin to develop a trusting relationship
and a riding horse that can walk, trot and canter.
When horses enjoy their
work, they become responsive, willing and learn.
The Standardbred Fan Club's retraining approach keeps your horse interested,
focused and you soon both become proud of your accomplishments.
Although the method will assist instructors and trainers, the DVD, Retraining The Pacer ~ Standardbred Horse Training
was made primarily for the novice and rider with some riding experience who have adopted or brought home a Standardbred horse
from the pacing race track or adoption agency.
Learn from the Specialists ~ the horses themselves and the trainers at the Standardbred Fan Club who
have chosen to work with pacers over the years to develop a humane, effective and positive retraining method
based on kindness, compassion, natural horsemanship and most of all, Love for these very special and talented horses.
Can pacers be trained
to trot and canter?
The two excerpts from the video Retraining The Pacer ~ Standardbred Horse Training show two pacers trotting and cantering.
(Neither horse would trot or canter when adopted from the pacing track. Please click on the videos to play.)
Lacey, a former pacer currently in retraining, learning to trot and is
well on her way to developing a lovely canter
Oliver, a fully retrained pacer, shows us a balanced canter