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post #1 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Question Mare or gelding?

Hi, I am very curious of what you all think of Mares VS. geldings?

I currently have 4 geldings and love them to death.. I have had 2 mares and they were both MOODY! I am wondering: are all mares like that? Is there any mare lovers out there?

The weird thing is that both the mares I had were SO well trained and super easy to ride.. Where as my geldings are walking terror's..Are mare's easier to ride?

I guess I just want your opinion of the horses that you have.Mare or gelding? Which is more fun to be around? Which is easier to ride? THank you!

p.s. If you get your mare bred, does that help with her moodiness? lol
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post #2 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 08:28 AM
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I seen the saying once that "you can tell a gelding what to do but you have to discuss it with a mare." Sometime I feel that's true. lol

All kidding a side I have owned both geldings and mares. I don't find much difference personally. I think it depends on the horse. In fact currently I own one of each. I love riding them both equally.
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post #3 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for sharing your opinion
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post #4 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 08:41 AM
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I have found geldings easier to get along with but mares as more bondable. That being said, my primary riding horse (since I sold the other) is a mare who is one of the best trail horses I've ever owned - but if you look up "mare" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of her. She is the stereotype mare on the ground but fantastic under saddle once she knows you are in charge.
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I've had mares that were moody when they cycled, mares that never got moody...and geldings that were moody ALL THE TIME. Every horse is an individual and I haven't noticed any real training differences in the long run although young filly's tend to be more brave and retain new training better for me than colts. In general, I'd rather ride a mare as I click with them better than geldings.
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post #6 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 09:00 AM
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I have had mares and geldings, past and present. I don't see a whole lot of difference between them, except my mare has more of a personality!
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I only own mares-Arabian mares. Some say I'm a glutton for punishment.
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I think I prefer geldings. I think they are more EVEN tempered, not better tempered, but you know what your getting day to day. My gelding gets pissy faces like a mare ALOT. But i expect it because it never changes.

I have a friend who wont own anything but a mare. Her thought is, if the horse goes lame, it can always be a brood mare and isnt just eating for free ;)
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post #9 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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wow, there is many different opinions out there!

THANK YOU to everyone that is replying =)
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post #10 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 09:55 AM
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I think they both have their ups and downs. I think Geldings can be a little easier going in temperament, but I have seen some easy going mares too. For some reason I find it easier to bond with Geldings, but I think that's more of an issue with my own personality. Not that I haven't bonded with a mare, my "heart horse" was a mare.

As for care, mares tend to pee more, especially when in season which can be a pain in the butt to keep their stall nice. They can have mood swings, especially when they are wanting to breed. 'Geldings on the other hand have to have their Sheath cleaned every now and then, and well, I really HATE that job but I'm not sure I hate the once or twice a year cleaning of that more than I hate the constant pee stall....

All I know is when I looked for my current horse, Geldings were higher on the list than mares ha ha.
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