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    12-22-2011, 11:06 AM
  #11
Yearling
I truely lok for mares. I perfer them. My only gelding is SUCH a girl! He's always in a marish attitude but my mares will settle down and work for me. Plus they have the ability to breed if I ever decided I wanted to breed them (would be to a WC show stallion of course if I ever did) Im hoping my colt woulnt be as moody as my first gelding. He's really well mannered while my first gelding is the worlds bigger grumpy pants prankster jelous jerk that I love. That saying.. I don't pass up geldings for rides, but im in searching to buy I want a mare.
     
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    12-22-2011, 12:10 PM
  #12
Trained
Speaking only from horses that I've owned... On the ground, when riding off alone, when around large new groups, with children, when chillin' I want to be on my geldings. When I want to conquer the world I grab a mare!
I have found in my own personal horses IN GENERAL that geldings have a I don't care where we are, what we're doing as long as food is involved in the end.
My mares have all been terrors in the pasture, mad at the world, bossy "she's MINE" around other horses, and two have left me high and dry on the trail to get back to the herd when I let my guard slip for a second. But two in particular would climb the steepest mountains, like GOATS!, jump off cliffs into water, go further, harder, faster, smarter, better in endurance, and had a endless amount of power if asked... Kinda like us ladies... ;)
But really, it's just up to the individual horse.
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    12-22-2011, 12:15 PM
  #13
Green Broke
If I accidentally leave something, anything, within reach of the geldings it will become a toy, the mares won't touch it. (ask my jacket that I left for 1 minute between stall bars while cleaning)
I think geldings have a fun side to them & while they seem more playful it often translates into ripped blankets. Boys will be boys.


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    12-22-2011, 12:17 PM
  #14
Weanling
I read in an article that while geldings are more even tempered, mares catch on quicker. Don't know the truth in it. I have found that most mares and I clash, very much so personality wise... So I prefer geldings, as they seem to like me more
     
    12-22-2011, 12:18 PM
  #15
Weanling
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If I accidentally leave something, anything, within reach of the geldings it will become a toy, the mares won't touch it. (ask my jacket that I left for 1 minute between stall bars while cleaning)
I think geldings have a fun side to them & while they seem more playful it often translates into ripped blankets. Boys will be boys.



Haha that is so awesome... they are playing what looks like tug a war..my boy fetches sticks.
     
    12-22-2011, 12:25 PM
  #16
Trained
I used to say that I wouldn't own anymore mares, I just didn't bond with them, but now I own a whole bunch of them, and I love them.

Of course the truth is all horses are individuals and should be treated as such, BUT, I find my geldings to be on the whole, more reliable and steadier, most of the time.

The mares, well they are something different, they typically take longer to get to know, they can be more difficult to establish that you are the boss mare

All in all I now MAY choose a mare over a gelding, because one they accept you as a boss mare, then you have a great bond.
     
    12-22-2011, 12:50 PM
  #17
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Hmmm. I'm not too sure which I prefer...I try to go more by the individual horse's personality rather than it's gender. I guess that I do tend to gravitate towards geldings, because they're generally reliable and willing to just go along with what you say- but I've met plenty of crabby geldings who I could of sworn had PMS cycles. Likewise I've met a few (though fewer and far between) mares who had no problem with doing whatever you say whenever you say.

My heart horse is one of the pissiest, most bipolar, picky mares I've met in my entire life. I mean...her name is Sour for goodness sake. But I love her to death and I've learned more from her than I would learn from any pliable, easy to get along with mare or gelding. I've learned to be the dominant, confident leader that my horse needs and to provide her with the assurance that she will always be ok if she trusts me.

Ask me again when my fire-cracker of a gelding calms down a bit ;) he's still on 'my way or the highway' mode atm, as he was only gelded a little over a month ago!
     
    12-22-2011, 01:04 PM
  #18
Weanling
I worked on a dude ranch, and out of the 100+ herd, there were only 3 mares. The reason being that the mares would kick and cause horse drama in the corrals. Both these reasons were very true, as I hated taking a mare in a string of horses because they were guaranteed to kick constantly. Other than that, every horse is different, regardless of gender.
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    12-22-2011, 01:06 PM
  #19
Foal
I can't really say - I have never owned a mare but I do own 2 geldings - so I can't that I prefer one over the other.... but maybe someday I'll get another and I would like to own a mare...
     
    12-22-2011, 01:10 PM
  #20
Trained
You are avoiding the obvious. Your gelding is neutered. Your mare is not. Hormones rage in mares and stallions and affect their behavior, more or less. I've owned mostly geldings bc of this. I've owned about 6 mares in the last 26 years. The one I own now loves on you when she's is heat. I had another who kicked my favorite gelding so hard that I thought she broke his leg. (She also spun and tried to kill my Amish farrier when I sent her to him for retraining.--TOTAL BITXX!!!)
Although dr's started neutering mares about 100 years ago, it's much easier today. If your mare is a great ride, but an emotional mess every 3 weeks, it might be worth it.
     

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