Donation Type: Rehome   Donation Number: H4H8729594   Views: 1849   Horse Owner: silverdove112   Updated On: Sep 22, 2019
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Finlay - Standardbred - Bay
Finlay - Standardbred - Bay
Finlay - Standardbred - Bay
Finlay - Standardbred - Bay
Finlay - Standardbred - Bay

If you choose to apply for this horse and are selected as the most suitable applicant you will be required to pay the standard donation of £50 which includes the cost of a rehome, loan or share agreement, and the work undertaken by the charity. The following additional donation and commitment has been requested by the owner to be paid to the charity by the successful applicant in respect of their horse:

  • make a donation of £400 to Horses4Homes Foundation

Please take note:

  • All horses must first be applied for before any visits are arranged
  • It is possible to ask owners questions via the messaging system prior to submitting an application
  • All applicants are encouraged to have the horse examined by a vet prior to rehoming, loaning or sharing
  • If you want to apply for this horse you should be within 50 miles radius from the current horse location
Finlay is a sweetheart. Once he knows you’re his human he will nicker and greet you, he is a very vocal horse. He has a very active personality but can get bored and lose concentration fairly easily, so things need to be varied and interesting if you want to keep his attention.He is incredibly fun and engaging and a joy to be around. He is very strong minded and fast paced.

Owned since
December 2008
15.3 hands
Standardbred (Part Breed)
13 years
Passport number
Passport Registration Agency
Pleasure Horse Society
Available for rehoming with tack and rugs
Level of rider
Reason for re-home/share
Personal health, change in family circumstances and can no longer afford.
Horse is involved in the following activities
Light hacking
Need to be stabled at night?
No he can live out all year round
Need to be put on restricted grazing to limit weight gain?
Horse vaccinated annually for flu and tetanus
Maximum weight this horse can carry
11 stones
Is the horse in work?
No but could be brought back into work (Finlay has been broken and knows the basics but due to lack of facilities and money he will need to be reminded as he is still very green.)

  • Most suitable home and loanee/owner/sharer

    The ideal owner would have to have patience. Finlay is loyal and brave but acts very childish and stroppy when negative reinforcement is used. He has always lived out 24/7 and has never been a fan of rugs so he grows an impressive winter coat. He can be stabled but again due to his active mind he gets bored very easily and doesn’t do too well. So a home with 24/7 turn out would be ideal to keep him mentally stimulated.

  • Details of the tack used to ride the horse

    I use a bit-less bridle and a GP saddle. He was briefly brought back to work in a treeless saddle which he didn’t seem to mind.

  • Horse is involved in the following activities

    Light hacking

160 centimeters
63 inches


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Relevant health or lameness issues

Finn has been known to get a hoof abscess every other winter or so. It usually heals in about a week and then that’s it for the year. Other than that he has always been barefoot and sound. He had shoes on when I originally got him but he slides around with them and once cut his elbow open and needed stitches. He’s been barefoot for around 9 years now and I’ve never had a problem since.

Veterinary examinations or treatment given in the past 12 months

None needed.

Details of the veterinary practice this horse is registered with

Children Equine | 01494 876555 | Model Farm Cottage, Gorelands Ln, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4AB | |

Please describe your horses behaviour in traffic

Very sensible. He has always been very brave and calm when in traffic, whether it’s a fast car or a huge lorry.

Please describe your horses behaviour when hacking out alone and in company

Finn is best hacking out in company, he has a very fast pace though so always prefers to be in the lead. He can be hacked out alone but can get nervous in new areas. Skips are scary.

Details of any individual behavioural traits which may influence the type of person best suited to take on the horse

Although Finn is cheeky and has a spirited mind of his own, he is a big softy at heart. He is very loving but can be stubborn. He is very food-motivated. He hates water, he will avoid a puddle whenever possible. He is very dominant- he has always become the herd leader wherever we have moved. Finn didn’t have the best start in life so he be challenging at times but never aggressive.

Details of the activities that the horse must not participate in due to previous injury


Explanation whether this horse is simply a good doer or whether he is prone to laminitis

He is a good doer, he has always lived out 24/7 and been a healthy weight.

Details of any problems when being ridden

Finn has never had his wolf teeth removed so bits are very uncomfortable for him and he will act up, he works beautifully with a bit-less bridle.If something spooks Finn he will freeze instead of bolt, so it makes overcoming obstacles very easy. He just needs time to be reassured and he’ll move on. He has trotter blood in him so although he doesn’t pace he is much more happier trotting fast than cantering. When asked to canter he tends to buck.

Horse vaccinated annually for flu and tetanus


Need to be stabled at night?

No he can live out all year round

Need to be put on restricted grazing to limit weight gain?



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Standardbreds are a breed of horse best known for their ability to race in harness at a trot or pace instead of under saddle at a gallop. Developed in North America, the breed is now recognized worldwide for its harness racing ability. They are solid, well-built horses with good dispositions that are also used under saddle for a variety of equestrian activities, particularly in the Midwest and eastern United States.

Breed characteristics:

Standardbreds tend to be more muscled and longer bodied than the Thoroughbred. They also are of more placid dispositions, as suits horses whose races involve more strategy and more changes of speed than do Thoroughbred races. Standardbreds are considered people-oriented, easy-to-train horses.

They are generally a bit heavier in build than their Thoroughbred cousins, but have refined, solid legs and powerful shoulders and hindquarters. Standardbreds have a wide range of height, from 14 to 17 hands, although most are between 15 and 16 hands. Most often are bay or the darker variation of bay called "brown", although other colors such as chestnut and black are not uncommon. Gray and roan are also found. The tobiano pattern is seen in some New Zealand-bred horses.

There are two basic types, trotters and pacers. As the name suggests, the trotter's preferred racing gait is the trot, where the horses' legs move in diagonal pairs, when the right foreleg moves forward so does the left hind leg, and vice versa. The pace is a two beat lateral gait; Pacers' forelegs move in unison with the hind legs on the same side.
However, the breed also is able to perform all other horse gaits, including the canter, and pacers can be retrained to trot.


Standardbreds are known for their skill in harness racing, being the fastest trotting horses in the world. Because of their speed, Standardbreds are often used to upgrade other breeds of harness racers around the world, such as the Orlov Trotter and French Trotter.

In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, races are held for both trotters and pacers. In continental Europe, all harness races are conducted between trotters.

Major races for North American trotters include the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-olds, and the World Trotting Derby, Yonkers Trot, Hambletonian, and Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-olds. The Hambletonian is sometimes referred to as the "Kentucky Derby of Harness Racing." The Trotting Triple Crown is made up of the Yonkers Trot, Hambletonian Stakes, and Kentucky Futurity.

Some of the major pacing races in North America include the Woodrow Wilson and Metro Stake for 2-year-olds, and the Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and the Adios Pace for 3-year-olds. The Little Brown Jug, the Messenger Stakes, and the Cane Pace comprise the Pacing Triple Crown. Major races in Australia and New Zealand include the New Zealand Trotting Cup, the Miracle Mile and the Inter Dominion series.

Standardbreds are also used in horse shows and for pleasure riding. They are also popular as light buggy horses for the Amish people, who eschew motorized vehicles. Many retired Standardbreds find a second career off the track with the help of various dedicated organizations, such as the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization.

The breed is quite good at jumping, making them suitable for the sport horse disciplines of hunt seat, show jumping, show hunter and eventing. The breed is also seen in dressage, and their excellent temperaments make them good trail riding and ranch horses. In addition, because of the genetics of the breed, they can also be encouraged and trained to perform smooth ambling gaits, such as the rack and the stepping pace.