About a year ago, I came across a Facebook post asking for someone to ride their horse to get him ready for an event. I responded, because I thought it would be nice to get in the saddle during the winter, because I don't have an indoor where my horse is. I went to meet this Standardbred horse named Jet and watched his owner ride to see if I felt I could ride him myself, considering I had never ridden this breed before.
His personality was, overall, a funny, quirky, goofy guy. I went a few times to ride him with my daughter in tow. He was a good boy, but not super comfortable with me on him, you could tell he was a little stressed. After the first couple of rides, my daughter asked if she could ride him, too. With the owner's permission, she got her chance. Well, let me tell you, what a completely different animal he was. He went into the mode of taking care of that 12 year old girl on his back. He did everything she asked and then some. From that point, she was the one to ride Jet (seems he found his kind of people). To this day, my daughter enjoys riding him and will start taking lessons on him in the hopes of doing 4H with him in the spring.
It's nice to see these horses, that are mostly bred to race, have a great retirement with people doing other activities like barrel racing, dressage, Western Pleasure and HUS.