Smokey Valley Horses are selected based upon their ability to perform their gaits. There are no color standards for the breed and a wide variety of color and color patterns exist in the breed today.
Smokey Valley Horses’ average height is 15.1 hands in height at the withers. The primary requirements for their gaits are that they exhibit significant overstride and perform either a smooth 4 beat gait (running walk or rack) barefooted or with a light shoe. The Smokey Valley Horse exhibits these gaits shortly after birth and no training methods or artificial devices are required or used to enhance their gaits.
Smokey Valley Horses are exceptional equine athletes. They are best viewed as gaited all-around horses that are exceptionally competitive in all equine events that involve running, jumping, endurance, working stock and other demanding horse activities.