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December 9, 2001

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Smoki, the Pet of the Day
Name: Smoki
Age: Eight years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Standardbred, Quarterhorse
Home: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
   When I bought Smoki, he was 250 pounds underweight and his feet were 3 inches too long. He had never had his mane cut and he had no idea what English riding was all about. In the two years I owned him, I learned more about horses, horse people and life than I ever expected possible. Through the ups and downs, Smoki could always be depended upon to be the calm, level headed one of our herd of two. He was very gentle with young children and enjoyed most to be out on the trail. He helped me win 2nd place in equitation, even though he did not seem to enjoy showing or jumping much.

    The best memory of Smoki I have is the day I was riding on the road near our barn and two skidooers came up behind us. He stood and shook as they went to pass by, but it was too much for him to handle. He bolted down the road back to the barn as I bailed off into a snowbank. When I reached the barn, he spotted me and walked over very slowly with his head near his hooves, as if to say "I'm sorry, they were very scary monsters." I sold him three years ago to a very sweet little girl who loved him the day they met and he now spends his days making her laugh ;)

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