Current assessment and status: Available
UPDATE: Smirk suffered an injury in the paddock that required surgery and stall rest. He is currently in rehab for this injury but is recovering well and is back under saddle with light work.
Smirk is a dashing 16.2H 2006 Thoroughbred gelding who sold for $240,000 as a yearling. When you stand in his presence, you will know it- he is truly stunning, built perfectly, and carries himself with pride. Smirk is looking for a confident experienced rider who loves a sensitive ride. He was previously diagnosed with mild dorsal spinous spondylosis after exhibiting some naughty behavior under saddle, but it appears to be very manageable with consistent stretching and groundwork, and he is currently going nicely under saddle walk-trot-canter with no signs of back pain and we have begun to introduce jumping work as he progresses. He is an extravagant mover and for the right rider who can commit to keeping him in a program will be quite the catch for low level jumpers, eventing, or dressage. Don’t let his age fool you, he is low mileage for a 14 year old and has plenty of good years left! Smirk also enjoys attention and brushing and is a super turnout buddy with other playful horses like himself.
*NEER North will make every effort to use funds donated through this page toward Smirk’s care. In the event of adoption, or other unforseen extreme circumstance, NEER North will use funds to support other Equines in need in our care.