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post #21 of 46 Old 10-29-2008, 02:20 PM
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i prefer geldings...i'm pretty moody myself, and there's only room for one!
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I used to love mares...the first horse that I was going to buy (she didn't pass the vet check) was a mare and when I was searching for a horse, I wanted a mare...but then I fell in love with Sonny and now I love geldings.

Really, I guess, it depends on each individual horse. I've met some pretty nasty geldings and some pretty nasty mares.
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post #22 of 46 Old 10-29-2008, 03:02 PM
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so are you agreeing that i'm moody or that mares are moody??

just kidding - love you Sonny!

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You know I never used to care, and for a while I was more leaning towards mares, but now have to say I am now heading back for my geldings. It really depends on the horse.
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post #24 of 46 Old 10-30-2008, 12:42 AM
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I perfer a mare over geldings any day. Mares give you way more than a gelding will, IMO. I love my mares and I can't even tell when they are in heat, because I don't let them get away with anything when they are and they know better. It's really all in the training, IMO, once again.
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I perfer a mare over geldings any day. Mares give you way more than a gelding will, IMO. I love my mares and I can't even tell when they are in heat, because I don't let them get away with anything when they are and they know better. It's really all in the training, IMO, once again.
I like the last thing you added "It's all about training". The best horse I have ever ridden was a mare (also the horse that destroyed my wrist but that's another story). I have to say I have yet to meet another gelding(other than the QH I just owned) who will actually give you as much as most of the mares I have ridden.
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I really do think that it's all in training. The mistake most people own that have ridden/owned mares is that they expect them to act out when they are in heat. I expect my girls to act the same as they do all the time. I don't deal with tartiness and they usually very quickly get over it. They are very trainable animals. I've always found that a mare will give and give, she will keep trying no matter what were a gelding is much more likiliy to give up.
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Either. I just never own a mare.
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post #28 of 46 Old 11-08-2008, 05:07 PM
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I have had only one gelding as of today but a good mare can be bred you can breed her. I am not counting the mare I had as a child, she was foundered and I don't remember much about her. She was foundered and she died when I was eight years old. i don't a prefer one over the other.

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I have kept, ridden and trained geldings, sportmares, broodmares and stallions of all ages and really do not have a preference.

Geldings are of course easy to pasture and stable; mares can be very choosey; and hardly anyone wants to pasture and stable stallions. So from solely the housekeeping side of it geldings are easier to place.

If you are interested in future breeding and are involved with sport then you have to make a choice. A mare can participate in sporting events, excluding jumping, well into her last months and after that she has maternity leave for a few months.
Stallions on the other hand can be used throughout the breeding season with careful planning. So from the sport and breeding at the same time side of it, stallions are easier to use.

I think the guys are less complicated than the girls and it well trained and of good character a stallion offers more possibilities.
After thinking about it I think my order of preference would be:
stallion - mare - gelding.
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post #30 of 46 Old 11-10-2008, 06:09 PM
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As this is in the horse breeding section, I'd have to say that I prefer mares. I've never tried, but I'd have to say that it must be difficult to breed using a gelding

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