Gray horse... should I?
Hello all. I posted a few months ago (back story below, if you are interested), but here's my question:
My first horse didn't quite work out. I've been searching for the perfect next horse. An opportunity has come my way, but I'm hesitating. The horse is a gray gelding, about 12 years old. He's not a beauty lol! He was rescued from a somewhat negligent situation. He is really thin, has tall withers and a protruding backbone and hips (certainly not emaciated, but definitely thin). I've heard so many horror stories about melanoma in gray horses, and that is worrying me too.
Anyway, I wouldn't be considering him - but once they got him and started riding him, they realized he is very well trained and has a great temperament. I went to see him and almost didn't even want to ride him. Then I did, and he was one of the easiest horses I've ever ridden (not lethargic... just seemed willing, and simple, and understood gentle neck rein and leg cues). I find myself wanting to ride him again against my better judgement, and they've offered a month or two 'free lease' (like I said, I know the owners... good people). I think some weight on him will do a world of good in the way he looks... I would definitely give him extra rations while on my watch. I'm just afraid I'll fall for him, and then melanomas will be my nightmare. I would brush it off, but I adopted a boxer dog once (knowing they were prone to cancer). I vowed to stay on top of it and had the vet meticulously check every year. and she still died of cancer at a young age. Heartbreaking. So I learned I can't necessarily beat the odds.
Comments? What would you do?
- I'm 52
- started riding casually with a friend 4 years ago
- We decided to buy me a horse to keep at her property so we could ride together
- We found a horse that we thought would be perfect, but though I've learned a lot from her, we aren't a perfect match.
- I've been riding the generous neighbor's wonderful mare and we've been getting along very well, so my confidence is back up that it wasn't "all me".
- I'm looking for my next horse. Really trying to make the right decision this time!