No they're not. WB's, QH's don't have an extra gait. And the genetics of the Standardbred Trotter & Pacer are DIFFERENT......so different that one possesses a pace and one doesn't. Because I hate Standardbreds. They are ugly & dumb. The breed is evolving - but not changing. Times are getting faster and track designs better - but I wouldn't consider them to look like WB's as a rule!! NZ isn't the 'home' of the breed, its just another Southern Hemisphere place of residence for them. Yep way back then they didn't have cars or trucks. Horses were mult-purpose beasts of burden. People rode bullocks and bullocks pulled carts too. Horses pulled ploughs and took the family to Church on Sundays too. Standardbred mares make amazing surrogate mothers and ET recipients. If people didn't use them to crossbreed, and didn't want to breed racers from them, they would still have a cushy life at a breeding facility. Considering the HIGH numbers of Standardbreds who finish racing due to soundness and health issues - yes, it would be kinder for many of them to go into the can or be sold for export meat.