Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
Just a note... horses are beautiful but make sure you pick the right one! Just because a horse is a certain age, height, and colour/breed, doesn't mean it's a good fit for you. There are a lot of things to consider.. but you'll find that out by spending more time on the forum :)
I do spend a bit of time cruising the forums, absorbing the information, and discussing it with my girlfriend, as her depth of knowledge of horses is tremendous.
It creates some very good and stimulating conversation, and always a learning experience.
As for the opportunity on the Paint, I would never consider it if it were not for the fact that my girl, her friend, and her husband, all feel that he and I would make a great pair.
Being that I am 6'4" and 275#, I lean towards larger horses both for myself, but also in considering the horse's needs and abilities as well.
In my mind, it would be unfair to ask a 14 hand horse to carry my big self across the terrain here. I would be setting it up for failure, and that would harm our relationship in my eyes. I would be asking too much of my friend, and that's wrong and disrespectful.
He measures 16.5-17 hands, and with about 6 months of sound feeding and round pen/pasture work, we should be about ready for some mild trail rides, just in time for elk season.
Being that he's about 15, he has about another 10 strong years in him, maybe more, but for sake of discussion, we'll say 10.
Of course, I would lean towards a slightly younger horse, in the 8-10 range, simply from the standpoint of both of us reaching the tail end of our wooley days about the same time, growing old together.
But, I suspect that God has brought he and I together for a reason.
I pray I am up to the task of serving such a wonderful creature, who asks for nothing but love and respect.
Havent received an answer on our offer on him yet, but will keep everyone posted on it.
Have a wonderful day!