It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I have made the difficult decision to sell Smoke. I've discovered that there are many more job opportunities back home in Michigan than there are here in Indiana, and I cannot take Smoke with me. I would love it if he could go to a forum member.
Smokin Joe's Secret, Smoke, is a 14 year old registered Tennessee Walking Horse, number 987356.
He's out of the Pusher CG and Delight Bumin Around on his sire's side, and Pride's Generator and Triple Threat on his dam's.
He has been used exclusively as a trail horse, as far as I can tell. He's got a wonderful mind and is willing to please. Smoke is the kind of horse that you can count on to go through any obstacle, and lead the way if need be. He really enjoys trail riding, and seems to look out for the well-being of the rider. He is always excited to see what is over the top of the next hill! He is calm and steady, but enjoys a good run too.
Smoke still has a bit of weight to put on, as he came to me very skinny this past winter. He is on 24/7 turnout and has access to a round bale at all times. Unfortunately, he is very non-confrontational and the extremely alpha gelding he is pastured with will run him off. It would be ideal for him to go to a home where he can have a pasture to himself, or be with buddies who are not aggressive.
I have been working on his weight by giving him senior feed, weight builder and a small amount of corn oil every evening. He is also turned out in the backyard to graze the grass there by himself. He really has come leaps and bounds.
He ties well, stands for tacking, mounting, and is a champ to trailer. He dislikes clippers, but I have been working with him and he will now successfully stand, although maybe not enjoy, having his bridle path clipped. He enjoys water and baths, and love to splash and swim when we go down to the river.
I have ridden him at the fairgrounds and the arena there, and he seemed to enjoy arena riding. He is traffic safe, and is not spooked by bicycles, dogs, semis, tractors, etc. We have encountered turkeys, rabbits, deer, and the like on our trail rides and none of that concerns him.
In the interest of full disclosure, and because I want Smoke to find his forever home, I will reveal that he is a mild cribber. No critique.He cribs much less when he has plenty of feed in front of him, but as previously mentioned, the alpha gelding runs him off. He is never stalled here, and I would recommend that to any prospective buyers. I can easily overlook this flaw, because he is of such sane mind and gentle personality that virtually anyone can ride this horse. He has absolutely no bite, buck, kick, or rear in him.
Smoke has been ridden both Western and English, and currently I ride him in a 5" shank, low-port walking horse bit. He responds well to it and seems to like it. He is up-to-date on all worming, vaccines, and floating. He will be due for shots and teeth around November/December. His next farrier visit is scheduled for July 20. He is barefoot and his feet are healthy.
Wow, I didn't realize I had written a short novel here. As you can see, I really love this horse. I hope to find someone who will care for him as much as I have. I am selling him for $2200, price negotiable to a good home.
If you have any other questions, or are interested in coming to see him and ride, please PM me.