Thank you, everyone, for your nice comments. As you can see in the videos, Smokey still has quite a bit of spunk! His confidence level is almost too high at times! He is rather intolerant of anyone who treats him as if he is handicapped. For us, it's about me being able to keep up with him!
The bond that we have formed is far beyond explainable. I never know what we are capable of until I am on his back; there wasn't a single obstacle in the two Trail Challenges that we competed in that we couldn't do! ...and they were far from your average trail ride :)
I have been ridiculed for not putting Smokey down..."blind horses are not happy and should not be forced to live miserable lives", for example. My hope is to educate a few people as to how wonderfully rewarding it can be to put the time and effort into such an animal. Smokey is the epitome of a happy horse!
I would be more than happy to answer any questions.....