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American Standardbred Horse

Country of Origin: USA

American Standardbred horse


This is a breed that actually earns its name, trotters & pacers are required to meet speed requirements prior to registration with their respective breed associations. The Standardbred name comes from the qualifying standard time these animals must pass to register (a mile in under 3 minutes).

American Standardbred Horse

Australian Standardbred out of an American Sire


The Standardbred breed originated with a single English Thoroughbred stallion named Messenger. Similar to many Thoroughbreds of the time, Messenger was bred to run, but his lineage included Norfolk Trotter blood. The flagship stud was brought to America in 1788 & bred to a variety of local Thoroughbred mares. It was quickly discovered that some of his progeny made excellent trotting horses & the breed was begun. Originally every registered Standardbred could trace their existence to the grandson of this foundation stud.

Official Breed

Today bloodlines run across the board, a variety of different (mostly gaited) breeds have been introduced over the years in the hopes of creating faster animals. The official stud book for this breed was formed in 1879 by the National Association of Trotting Horse Breeders.

Two Standardbred Types

Standardbreds can be found in two different types of racing, based on the gait they favour.

Diagonal gait – Legs on opposite sides move at the same time. This is a natural gait, however it is harder to keep a trotter on their stride at high speeds.

Lateral gait – legs on the same side move at the same time. Approximately 80% of harness racers use this gait. The lateral pacing gait is ideal for harness racing.


Average height 15.2 – 16 hands
Resembles a heavy Thoroughbred in conformation


Head is large & may have convex profile
Neck is medium length
Shoulders are powerful
Hindquarters are muscular & strong
legs are solid & refined

Traditional Colors

Any solid color


Calm & bold


Show horse
Pleasure horse
Buggy horse
Sport horses
Ranch horse

American Standardbred Products

Helpful Links

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United States Trotting Association
Standard Bred
Harness Tracks

Where to Buy

American Standardbred Adoption Program
Walker Standardbreds


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