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post #11 of 46 Old 10-23-2008, 04:11 PM
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I love our mares...they just seem to have a lot more 'personality'.

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post #12 of 46 Old 10-23-2008, 05:24 PM
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I've had a nice mare; when she was in heat she was good as gold! But it does depend on the individual horse. I like geldings a little bit more though- they aren't as moody hehe! :P I think, however, if I love a horse & it happens to be a mare, then so be it. I go for personality mostly.

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post #13 of 46 Old 10-23-2008, 06:18 PM
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We race horses (standardbreds) for this I find I prefer the geldings. There is less hassle getting them harnessed (no random flying objects targetting you! No canines flashing in your face etc.) They are just alot easier to handle at the track than mares are.

As for riding I have had the best luck with mares. Ive had a couple geldings and loved them to death but I found the greatest bonds came with the mares. Also, and it could just be me, I found the mares had more "heart" in what they were doing.

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post #14 of 46 Old 10-24-2008, 10:54 PM
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All horses are different. I don't prefer any gender. People who say they prefer geldings (or mares) based on the experience that they've had with the 5 mares that they've owned, or maybe 10, or even 50, are basing their opinion of an entire gender on an absolutely tiny fraction or it.

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post #15 of 46 Old 10-25-2008, 12:51 AM
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I own 1 mare, 2 geldings, and soon buying another mare, and I've noticed that I pick horses with a strong/goofy personality, so even though my mares aren't moody almost at all and my geldings are just like big kids... I do prefer my mares. BUT I've have a lot of exposure to many geldings, stallions, and mares over the years from working at a big riding stable and to be honest, it really does depend on the horse.

I've handled, ridden, and been around evil/smart/sweet mares, stubborn/stupid/kind geldings, and gentle/dangerous stallions. My mare, Athena, never gets moody while she's in heat. I never really keep track of her cycle, and since she never gets moody around that time the only way i know is when she flirts with a gelding from across the fence. One of my geldings, Snafu, at 7 years old is just a big kid, literally. He chews on everything. Not like wood, fencing, things like that. I mean reins, cross ties, brushes, he'll carry food buckets around for fun, and he's extremely playful. But his favorite thing to do (and Playboy's too) is to play the 'Halter Game'. Where two geldings play fight while trying to get each others halter off. It's really fun to watch them play, but I've never seen a mare do this. Snafu tries this with Athena all the time, and every time she just gives Snafu a dirty look like 'Let go of my halter, you idiot!' and then wanders over to the round bale.
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I still think it depends upon the individual. I tend to like male cats, female dogs, and geldings. But some mares are even tempered sweet things and some geldings are not. It really depends upon the individual.

We currently have a male and a female dog, a male cat, and a gelding. The male dog would lay down his life for us without a second thought. The female just wants us to love on her. Our gelding follows our daughter around like a puppy dog. As soon as he sees us he comes up and gives us the look like "Oh, you're my people, I love you. He loves it when my daughter gives him a hug and a kiss."

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post #17 of 46 Old 10-25-2008, 03:19 PM
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Generally speaking, geldings. Or stallions... depending on the horse. The one stallion in particular.. I had a connection with him that ran deeper than words. I have more of a connection with Denny (gelding) than I did with Maia (mare) .. but I had a better connection with Dancer(mare) than I did with Cinzano (gelding).

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post #18 of 46 Old 10-25-2008, 03:26 PM
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I'm going to go with geldings. I've never owned my own mare but from the ones we had in 4-H I'm going to say I prefer geldings. We always had problems with mares. I'm sure there are A LOT of variables in all of this though.

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post #19 of 46 Old 10-25-2008, 07:55 PM
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In my experience, I've connected more with mares. All the horses I've ever really bonded with were mares. Although I do love geldings too. I'd have to say I'm more a mare person.

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post #20 of 46 Old 10-29-2008, 10:58 AM
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I think good horse is a good horse. But I do like mares: as said they have LOTS of personality (not always nice though) in them. Of course, there are exceptions, but generally I found them more sensitive and self-expressing than geldings. However most people around prefer geldings because generally they are more quiet and don't have those moody times...
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