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post #21 of 40 Old 10-17-2011, 11:49 PM
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And perhaps I've just missed it, but I've never understood people thinking that mares have issues. I've own mostly (over 75%) mares in my life and while I keep hearing people say that geldings are better, I don't see it. In my experience the mare has been every bit as easy and pleasant (even more so in some cases) as the gelding (can't really say that about the stallion ). I love mares and currently that's all I own (or plan to own).
I don't have a problem with most of the mares I've met, to be honest. A few have been a bit "mare-ish" and pissy, but for the most part, you can't tell the mares from the geldings at the barn where we board without looking. However, Piper (Aires' half-sister) is pissy with EVERYONE (at least horse-wise). My friend had her gelding stalled next to Piper and ended up moving him as soon as she could because Piper kept going after her gelding (even partly knocked down the panels between their stalls one day). Then there's my friend's arab mare. She's 18 (maybe 20...we're not sure) and she had to be put on hormone replacement therapy because she was constantly in heat and started attacking my friend when she'd go to clean her stall. So yeah, my personal experience with mares hasn't been the greatest.

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post #22 of 40 Old 10-18-2011, 12:32 AM
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Like I said, I must have missed it. Lucky enough to have never had a mare that had any problem that wasn't for a valid reason (e.g. saddle didn't fit back anymore, teeth needed floating), but any horse is going to have problems then. I didn't even know what "marish" was :)). I had to look it up.

Have had them get bossy when they wanted to challenge for the lead position. Even challenge me before, but that has to do with herd behavior (someone has to be "lead mare"....tough job for man to hold :)) )
Hopefully my current mare and filly Frisian crosses won't change my luck :)
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post #23 of 40 Old 10-18-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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He is a beginner, but I plan tobe the one doing the traiing and riding for the majorrity of the time. In the meantime he is taking weekly lessons and he has pleanty of time to work on his riding.

Andd any mare I have owned was pissy lol! But anyway, ll he plans to do is playdays for fun and trails :) I won't put him o a horse I don't trust.
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post #24 of 40 Old 10-18-2011, 11:59 AM
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My friend has a Belgian QH Cross and he is awesome! I think it would be a good cross. He does everything and is the sweetest horse. They are big but I love the draft crosses. I also know they are known for not getting as many injuries. He is the only horse at our barn that got a vet check and was perfectly fine and had absolutely nothing wrong with him. He does everything too, he is showing first level dressage and is GORGEOUS, showing 2'6" jumpers, is starting schooling cross country, can go western, and just cleans house in the show ring. I loove him!
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I have a draft and draft cross. My cross is a now 7 yr old Percheron/ QH. He is a big boy, but a huge sweetie. I feed him grass hay and a low starch feed (Seminole Perform Safe). He eats almost no feed (almost half a scoop twice daily), but lots of hay. The biggest difference otherwise is that it costs me double for the farrier.

My all draft is a belgian mare. She eats the same thing as my draft cross and has zero challenging alpha behaviors, which is nice in a 1700 lb horse. She is not as sweet/affectionate as my percheron cross, but is steady steady under saddle.

I love my drafts, wouldn't trade them for anything.
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Ah thank you :) so far all positive about the drafts :)
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I have a draft and draft cross. My cross is a now 7 yr old Percheron/ QH. He is a big boy, but a huge sweetie. I feed him grass hay and a low starch feed (Seminole Perform Safe). He eats almost no feed (almost half a scoop twice daily), but lots of hay. The biggest difference otherwise is that it costs me double for the farrier.

My all draft is a belgian mare. She eats the same thing as my draft cross and has zero challenging alpha behaviors, which is nice in a 1700 lb horse. She is not as sweet/affectionate as my percheron cross, but is steady steady under saddle.

I love my drafts, wouldn't trade them for anything.
You'd be hard pressed to find a breed easier going than a Percheron. I started my riding on one and have never known as easy a horse (some as, but none more).
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post #28 of 40 Old 10-21-2011, 10:28 AM
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I've already commented on our two Percheron paint crosses at work but we also have a full Percheron mare who is definitely very laid back and takes care of any beginner riders we put on her. They are great horses :)
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Do you think even wiith it being young, would it be okay for a beginner to handle? He can ride, but he has never ridden a problem horse. I will be the one putting miles on her at first
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I would think it would depend on the horse. But even a trustworthy young horse can have its moments, as our two crosses have had. I would just check out the horse, see its personality, if it's going to test you a lot, etc. If he is taking weekly lessons then he's willing to learn, and if you're helping him out and you get to the know the horse better in the beginning, he would have to listen to your advice on the horse once he starts riding it.

Have you seen the horse yet? I'd like to hear about it and see some pictures :)
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