Half Smokin Judge (“Romeo”)

Quarter Horse Gelding, Registered


DOB: 2005 Height: 15.2 H Location: Frederick County

Suitable Discipline(s):
Companion, English, Western, Trails, Pleasure, Lessons
Rider Suitability:
Advanced Beginner
Handler Suitability:

Additional Information

Romeo, O’ Romeo why are you so amazingly perfect? This 2005 gelding standing at 15.2hh is gorgeous, trustworthy and a splendid example of the QH breed. He’s looking for a home that will love and enjoy him, taking him on trails, riding him as an English/Western Pleasure horse OR to add him to a high-quality lighter lesson program. His owner would consider him going out of state to the right home.

Romeo is cool, calm and collected. He embraces everything about his breed. He is patient, willing, kind and friendly, all topped with a super work ethic. He has been with his current owner for 4 yrs. She is heading off to college to become a Veterinarian! They have focused on the Western discipline specializing in barrel racing and trail riding. Do not let the words ‘barrel racing’ give you the wrong impression. This guy is steady as they come with a lovely balance of go (he’ll certainly get going if you ask him to) and a phenomenal whoa!

He was diagnosed with navicular in both front feet a time ago. This is currently being very well managed with corrective shoeing and daily medications and being mindful of work and terrain. He can clearly no longer participate in barrel racing due to his condition but is sound at the walk, trot, canter and over poles in the arena and on trails. He would likely be able to comfortably withstand working 2-4 times a week while continuing on with his current maintenance plan. He does also have Melanomas, one on his left upper neck (throat latch area) and then some under the head of his tail. Neither cause a problem for him at this point in time. A potential new home should be aware of both Navicular and Melanoma in horses to fully understand how this may or may not affect him. Navicular is not uncommon in the QH breed and Melanoma often affects grey horses. Melanoma in horses is not always as scary as it is in humans.

He was wonderful for ALL handling such as grooming, tacking, leading, mounting, being ridden in the arena at the walk, trot, canter and over ground poles. He wandered back to the barn on a loose rein and enjoyed standing quietly for showering. He was a perfect gentleman. For ridden work, he would need an Advanced Beginner with a trainer or intermediate rider. He would need someone that had access to an experienced stable manager, a wonderful vet and farrier – all who could easily assist with managing his needs. We did not see any negative behaviors under saddle or in hand at all and were beyond impressed by his composure and willingness. Anyone could easily handle him on the ground. He’s a real gem and is going to be a fantastic horse for someone special. He knows his job and is a solid citizen for sure!

Romeo just recently moved to a new farm. He can be turned out with geldings and/or mares. He is lowkey and very easy going. He is fine with 24 hr. turnout or partial turnout. He is up to date with the farrier and Coggins. He will need his 2021 Fall shots and Annual dental exam.

His current owner can provide all medical records as needed to fully screened applicants after they have completed our paperwork.

He had no major time constraints for his transition, and his owner simply wishes to find someone that will love him as much as she does.