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“After all, if the trainer can't show you pacers that have been retrained,
is it wise to have the individual work with your horse?” - Standardbred Horse Fan Club

One of the most frequent questions that people ask us is, “What should I look for in a trainer for retraining my pacing horse?” The question usually arises from someone who has already tried one or more instructors/trainers that had no experience with retraining pacers and as a result, the horse is left with pain, more frantic pacing, severe use of the riding crop (totally ineffective) to try to stop the pacing, and a frightened, sore animal.

Pacing retraining is not like training other horses. The pacing gait is usually the preferred gait with a horse that has raced and conventional training methods rarely work to train the horse not to pace and may in fact have the opposite effect of making a pacer pace even more erratically.
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There are many people who swear that they can retrain your horse. Before you invest a dime, we highly recommend that you ask to see horses that have been retrained to ensure that the horses walk, trot and canter without the pacing. After all, if the trainer can't show you horses that have been retrained, is it wise to have the individual work with your horse?
If you have a trainer that you ride with, or if you are in a remote area, the Standardbred Horse Fan Club's pacer retraining video was made primarily for the novice and rider with some riding experience who have adopted or brought home a Standardbred

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horse from the pacing race track or adoption organization, although it will also be useful to instructors and trainers.

This year the club also realized a Pacer Retraining Trainer (PRT) certification and a Pacer Retraining Instructor (PRI) certification. A certified specialist has demonstrated knowledge, experience and skill with the Standardbred Horse Fan Club's pacer retraining method which is the most popular and widely used retraining method for pacers today. Please contact us to inquire whether there is a certified retraining pacer expert in your area.

Acquiring a Pacer from the racetrack or a rescue organization is rarely expensive compared to the prices of fully trained horses of other breeds. The Standardbreds have the stellar qualities of being athletes, sensible and trustworthy and incredibly versatile too!

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The breed is wonderful with children and patient with beginner riders (read more about the Standardbred Horse breed).

The pacer retraining can be done with a PRT or PRI certified professional or simply by following the steps in the Standardbred Horse Fan Club's pacer retraining video for a rewarding and bonding experience with a very positive outcome!

Incorrect retraining can produce more problems than solutions and in fact increase the pacing. Do your investigative work before entrusting your horse to anyone!
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