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    01-30-2013, 09:24 PM
I've had both over the years, can't say one was any better than the other. I've had great rides/connections with both. I personally wouldn't put one over the other.
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    01-30-2013, 10:57 PM
Hmmm, I love mares. For some reason I have more fun riding them than I do geldings. I'm not opposed to a good horse no matter the gender though.
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    01-30-2013, 11:11 PM
I am partial to geldings, but my mare is an absolute sweetheart.
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    01-31-2013, 01:25 AM
I've had my mare for 8yrs. Now and I couldn't ask for a better trail horse! She's small but has a big heart! She was 3yrs. When I got her, had 30 days of riding on her and then I got her.....after being away from horses for 30+ yrs. I don't know wth I was thinking! But I worked with her and we bonded, I also have a gelding that is coming 10 this year and I don't ride him but a male friend rides him.....they get along great and he listens to him better than he does me riding him.
I think it all comes down the training and how much time you spend with your horse.....
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    01-31-2013, 08:34 AM
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I've almost always had geldings, but just bought a mare a couple weeks ago. I haven't seen what her being in heat and all that fun stuff will entail when it comes to riding but so far she is amazing and I simply adore her.
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    01-31-2013, 09:39 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm feeling really good about my mare and think she is going to work out well.
    01-31-2013, 11:47 AM
In 40+ years I've had mares, geldings and stallion. A good horse is a good horse and (knock on wood) to date I've never met a problem horse that couldn't be turned around with enough time, patience and the right approach for that horse. But that's not the point of the question.

The differences I've noticed with the horses I've owned or with the family/friends.

Qualifier: All things being equal......
Geldings are often the easiest to "always" deal with. Tend to have the most days with the least amount of "spunkiness" in them. Will almost always be willing to accept any rider. And if any horse is likely to become a "plug" it would be a gelding.

Mares in some cases can have their "marish" days although I'd never owned one that did until a few years ago when I got my current 5 year old. I'd been round them, but never owned one that got like that. They have bonded quicker and virtually everyone I've had has become very protective. I've had mares actually make moves to defend me from what they perceived as a threat (e.g. Put themselves between me and the "threat" even prepare to attack.) As most of you know mares lead the heard. If you have a mare that has the "lead mare" personality they can get rather bossy and it requires a little work to get them to accept that they can boss the horses, but you are their boss. If they are not the "lead mare" type then they tend to be wonderfully polite and easy once trained.

Stallions are like mares in that they will always have spunk in them, but they tend to have a bit more than mares. They are not good for novice riders in case when they are ridden near mares. I'd have let anyone ride my first stallion in his pasture, but out on the trail it would have had to be someone experienced. He was lovely and well behaved, but you couldn't take a nap and daydream while riding him. They are hard wired to mate. If you're riding him out and about and a mare in heat is nearby it's vital that the stallion be well trained and that accepts that you are in control. I loved riding my TWH stallion and he was a wonderful horse, but I'm unlikely to ever get another. They are powerful, head strong and like mares are a two edge sword, but with sharper edges .

Both mares and stallions are more prone to becoming a "one person" horse (use to be a one man horse, but I realize that there are many more women riding today than there use to be ) if not taught otherwise during training and with some stallions/mares it can be a real challange to correct that (stallions more so than mares)

Today I own only mares by choice. In my years of actually owning my own horses (starting around 1971) 80% have been mares (at one time the % was smaller). Obviously I've grown to prefer mares, but it is a matter of choice, because I like connection I get with them. You can get sort of a simular connection with a Stallion, but it's a bit different. Probably accounts for why both can easily become a one person horse. My father prefers geldings and has never grasped why I've moved to having only mares. He accepts that they do become more attached (geldings can become attached to, but it often seems a little different than what you can get with mares or stallions), but he prefers less spunk and easier so he would tell you geldings are the best. Neither of us would say not to have a mare or gelding and we appreciate a good horse no matter the gender. We have our preferences for our reasons. It's really about what "you" want. Gender (or being gelded) is not what makes them a good horse, but it does bring certain characteristics that you might prefer (which is what I believe you were asking about ) I've loved every horse I ever had, not matter what they were and the saw the good and bad in each of them.
    01-31-2013, 11:51 AM
    01-31-2013, 11:58 AM
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I've always been more partial to mares. I feel like they have a bit more spunk and personality. Also, I feel like I connect better with them. There are geldings out there that I definitely I wouldn't mind owning!

I'd pick skill, personality and health over gender any day. But if I could slap a gender on any horse, I'd pick mare!
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    01-31-2013, 12:01 PM
I'm with several here, it really varies on the horse.

I prefer geldings overall, but I have a solid trail gelding... but my two mares... Do NOT act like mares. You never know they're in season until they're thrown back in the pasture and will plow through anything on the trails. They really blow me away because after I lost my last mare (who acted like a hussy) I was like... "No more mares, period." Now I have two..

Some geldings can be "mare-ish" in some instances.
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