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post #21 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 12:19 PM
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i have had both mares and geldings and i personally dont see much difference. they all have there mood swings and i personally like geldings more just bc you dont have to worry about pregnancy and heat cycles and blah blah.
saying that though i have had 1 really sweet ottb mare who was so calm even when in heat that no one would know enless they looked at her charts.
as for geldings i have seen some moody geldings usually rare but it will happen :)

at the point i am at, i would rather just get geldings from here on out. after my current pasture puff mare passes she will be the last mare i have for a while. i think the herd dynamics will be alot better without the mare and just the boys. but i wouldnt rule them out, some mares are great like my ottb mare. she was a dime a dozen with her no attitude lifes style.
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post #22 of 42 Old 12-22-2011, 02:42 PM
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Being of the female persuasion, I understand moody! Mares don't bother me.
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post #23 of 42 Old 12-24-2011, 11:16 PM
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I love mares! They bond very well with their person and I beleive they are more down to work for yo and arent as laid back.but sometimes that isnt true but so far for me it has been
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post #24 of 42 Old 12-24-2011, 11:21 PM
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for me I would rather have a gelding

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post #25 of 42 Old 12-24-2011, 11:28 PM
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I've never owned either, but I've had the opportunity to work closely with both. I've always seemed to "bond" better with male animals in general. All of the animals whose gender I could tell by looking (excluding fish and hermit crabs here :3) have been male. I love geldings and I've met quite a few memorable boys but I love the girls I work with now. Definitely MOODY but they all have very distinct and lovely personalities. We all get along as long as we keep in mind who is the Head Bitch in Charge (usually our BO; she's everyone's boss!)
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post #27 of 42 Old 12-24-2011, 11:54 PM
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I can tell you I've ridden mares and I've ridden geldings.. and they ALL have their frustrating moments.
I've only dealt with a few "mareish" mares and we got along great.

My boy right now can be SUCH a drama queen at times. But when he's good, we click and things are awesome. Same thing with the mare I was working with, I even showed her and she never gave me a terrible day. Took a few times to put her back in her place and afterwards, she didn't give me a wink of trouble.

But then again I'm pretty stubborn myself ;P
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post #28 of 42 Old 12-25-2011, 12:01 AM
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Well, most of the geldings I've worked with have been moody and large pains in my butt. The mares I've worked with have been sweet and rarely marish. But despite the bad rep that the geldings have shown me I'm still on the wall about which gender I prefer. If I had to really choose between the two I'd have to pick mares because the horses I've bonded most deeply with have all been mares.

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post #29 of 42 Old 12-25-2011, 01:43 AM
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I much prefer mares.
To my mind geldings are a bit more "Well, make me!" for no good reason, over and over again, if they want to be sassy. I've found mares to be more like "Well, make me!" but then once you show them that your way IS correct, they stop testing you about whatever it is for a while.

And I think that most mares, once you gain their loyalty, will be loyal to you forever. I've never met a gelding with the kind of love or deep set hatred I've seen from some mares.

Like Natisha, I'm a huge fan of Arabian mares. I guess we're both just asking for attitude.

And I love how my mare and I have a partnership vs a dominance-based relationship. Yes, I set the rules but there's a give and take there. I've found that I can force most of the geldings I know into doing my bidding but that most mares aren't going to be forced into anything. You have to show them that you have your head screwed on correctly.
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post #30 of 42 Old 12-25-2011, 03:43 AM
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Mares are great... Chestnut mares on the other hand...... **** fiery redheads..

and geldings are awesome, most of the ones of known (and the only one i've owned) were/are awesome!! =]
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