Jolly Joker – “Joker”
ARRIVED AT ATR:
Joker was adopted in early November, 2018 by Caitlin in Port Deposit, Maryland who hopes to bring him along as her next event horse and heart horse. The two clicked very quickly and we know they’ll be a good fit. Early reports have been that he’s doing great in his new home!
Jolly Joker was ATR’s RRP horse for 2017. He is 6 years old, 15.3 hands, and was a solid all-around horse that is an incredible athlete and the most comfortable ride you’ll find. He was recently returned after being left in a field (not neglected, but not being ridden) for 9 months! No fault of his own, just wasn’t in work. We’ve started him back here and he was right back where we left off in the first ride. Since being back he’s been ridden on our farm, at Fair Hill, and down the road at a neighbor’s farm where he popped right over some jumps like he hasn’t missed a day in his training.
When he left, he could walk/trot/canter, jump, bend, frame up, leg yield, all while being a slight push ride in a ring. He was extensively trail ridden, swims, jumps, and has a background in natural horsemanship. Ridden English and Western. You could rope off him, pony off him, drag logs, you name it. I have no doubt that with the right rider, he could go in any direction you want. We’ve begun riding him again and he seems to remember all his training, just needs some polishing up.
We prefer an intermediate or better rider, but he is an incredibly fun, kind horse who tries harder than anyone to please. No vices at all. Currently barefoot but getting front shoes soon. Financial logistics prevented us from competing in 2017’s Retired Racehorse Project, but he was ready to do so! This horse will shine in anything he does. Dressage riders will love him. Endurance riders will love him. Eventers or even hunters will love him.
Joker does have a scar in his right eye he acquired as a young horse. There is no pain associated with the eye, but it does limit his vision about 50%. Riding this horse you would never know it and specialists who have seen the eye assured us it will in no way hold him back. Horses train and compete in even the highest levels of eventing and show jumping with one eye all the time (and Joker has 1.5 good eyes and grew up knowing no other way, racing successfully as well). If you’re on the fence about him because of this, please check out these 5 high level examples of one-eyed horses.