Kinda weird, but like everyone's saying, it's your property. I'd go with all but stallions allowed and just find the right boarder with the right horse rather than just mares. You could just as easily end up having a bunch of mares fighting all day as you could have with geldings. My gelding can't be out with mares, but all the others I've had could, as well as most of the ones I worked with at my last barn. It's more about the individual than their gender.
I agree with Kevin on the mare prejudice, just complete hooey. It stemms from ignorance and manifests like the plague.
If you train your horse to be respectful regardless the season, it will behave itself. And even if you did get the rare witchy heat spelled mare, they are only geldings, the worst that will happen is she is given a little male attention and calms down... Or you could keep track of her cycle and just keep her segregated maybe with another mare when she gets bad...
Really he only drawback to having mixed genders is...well..none. The drawbacks to having only mares, less clientele+ less money+less choosey you can afford to be about your boarders.
Thanks alot. Right now she gets turned out with three other mares, but your right, it is the perfect mix. You have the old, tired, fat mare, the slightly stupid but easy going mare, then you have my mare, who's technically second in command, somewhat bossy but seemingly fair, and then the lead mare, who's just kind of a b**ch, but she keeps every one in line.
Not that you can tell who's who, but here they are:
Agreed, BUT if you are wanting to make some money because a LOT of people have geldings, you might want to allow them as I said, What can they hurt? Completely understand about stallions though, tooo much liability!
Yes but a lot of people also have mares. I have 30+ horses on the place. Only 6 are geldings.
As was previously mentioned - some mares do beat up on geldings. As well as some geldings mount mares in heat.
It's the OP's property and she can do as she pleases. I have a friend who will only take geldings. It does happen.