Peter and Kim Smoot said good-bye to this fabulous horse last week. I feel lucky to have worked with this pair for over a year. They came so far. But that was not even the most remarkable thing about the Peter/Star Man relationship. Star Man was very nearly blind in the latter part of our time working together. I marveled at how Peter continued to ride him, school him, and enjoy him, even on trail rides and in steep country. They had a remarkable working agreement. Star Man had complete trust and never refused what Peter asked. Peter had found a number of cues, some verbal, some physical. Star Man would listen, pick up his feet, step over logs, even slide down hills. It was a rare and wonderful agreement: “You take care of me, buddy, and I will take care of you.”
In the end, it was not blindness, but a severely damaged tendon that led to Star Man’s trip to horse heaven. We’ll never forget you, Star Man.