I want this horse. But I don't want the risk of losing another horse.
Loving another living thing always comes with the risk of loss. Life is fragile and can end at any time for any one of us. That doesn't mean we should shun what makes us happy and complete. To do that only means that you're already dead, even though you're still breathing.
I lost my heart horse five years ago. It was a very tragic and sudden death, and I was completely devastated emotionally. If I hadn't already had two other horses I may have taken a break, but I would have eventually gotten another horse, because for me they're a part of my life and I'm incomplete without them.
If you continually guard your heart you'll end up numb and out of touch with the world. We're meant to LIVE, not just exist.
My motto is, 'I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance.' I wouldn't have missed that 21 year dance with my heart horse for anything. The pain of his loss has been a hard price to pay, but even knowing now how hard it was to lose him, I'd still do it all over again if I had the chance.
Take a chance. Say yes to life and love.