Smokey’s Honor

web-smokeys-honor-thumb2Nickname: “Rio”
Birthdate: March 14, 2009
Gender: Gelding
Color: Dark Bay
Pedigree: Congressionalhonor-Whata Special Lady, by Taylor’s Special
Career Race Record: 18-0-1-1 for $13,561
Last Race: August 14, 2015 at Monmouth Park
Partner Farm: Phoenix Equine Services in Cochranville, PA
Adopter: Ann S. in MA

“The day I went to see him, the farm was getting several horses in from Parx, and there was a lot of activity. He was very “up” on the cross ties but once she put the saddle on him, his whole demeanor changed. He settled and never put a foot wrong. So you could see that he has a wonderful mind. Plain bay? You don’t ride the color. And as he’s gained condition, he has turned into a magnificent mahogany bay. He’s actually a very strapping horse – I would guess he’s 16.2 and is developing a lot of good muscle. And he’s a very easy keeper. We didn’t do much with him for the first few weeks, just let his settle in and gain some weight, and then we lunged him lightly while we searched for a saddle (we ended up with a Thorowgood T4 High Wither Dressage – highly recommend!) He LOVES his hay (we always base their diets on good quality hay) so we actually had to cut him back because he was porking out! Everyone has fallen in love with him because he’s so kind and affectionate. You never know what the journey with each horse will bring, but we’re enjoying every step of this one – and I think he is, too.” -Ann S.