Gray hair is better than no hair.
Bald folks don’t have to comb hair, so maybe there is an advantage. Seemingly, it’d be preferable to be a bald male than a bald female, but that’s what wigs are for anyway.
Fortunately, we have more hair than a number of fellows our age, but it’s getting less all of the time. Our high forehead is getting higher. We’re told the spot on the back of our head has enlarged, but we can’t see there, and we don’t want a mirror for full view.
Along with decreasing denseness, our hair is changing color, too, with increasing white dispersed throughout. That doesn’t bother us a bit, and someone said it makes us look more distinguished. It’s doubtful, but that doesn’t hurt our ego.
Graying does bother some, and we know men who color their hair to youthful tones. Women, it seems, are more prone to be being uncomfortable with lightened hair color, to say it congenially. Consequently, many, although we’re really just making that assumption, women color their hair. We know it’s true, to a point, by the weird streaking.
Some people, including our grandma who lived to 88, never have their hair change colors. However, gray hair in women or men has never bothered us. Stages in the graying process are intriguing, just like our gray horses. Nearly all of our horses today are gray colored, by our breeding preference, with the exception of a handful of Pintos.
Not unlike humans, all gray horses are born of a different color and turn lighter during maturity. Admittedly, some horses born roan, or with many white hairs, will obviously turn gray. Others are born solid black, bay, sorrel, palomino, etc, such that lay people have no inkling they’ll change colors.
Most seasoned breeders know if a colt is going to lighten with age by interspersed white hairs around the eyes or backside. Still, there are horses that do become completely gray as adults, with no indication during adolescence.
Our opinion, not verified by research, is that intensity of grayness, so to speak, varies with the genes whether horse or human. Most gray horses turn completely white, although there are some that will also retain many dark hairs. It appears likewise in humans. Some gray folks have varying tones of gray hair, and others are white haired.
Now let us emphasize, white horses are not gray horses. That’s very confusing to lay people. White horses are rare, but they are born that color. Pinto horses have white hair combined with another color. We had a white horse once, an albino with pink skin, and we never want one again. But, all white horses aren’t albino, either.
However, we traded our ugly albino mare for a good gray gelding, even though some folks mistakenly called him white, and we quickly corrected them that he was gray. There is a distinct difference. That was our first affection for gray horses. Then, we trained horses for a leading gray horse breeder and became a friend and customer of another.
They both profoundly exclaimed gray horses are worth more. Those successful horsemen are our heroes, and we are now a gray horse breeder as well. Gray is beautiful.
Substantiation is provided in Proverbs 20:29: “Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age.” Furthermore, the promise in Proverbs 16:31: “Gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life.”