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        02-08-2013, 07:18 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    I'm a gelding person myself but I do like mares, just prefer they belong to someone else. That way when they act mareish I can walk away and come back a different day. That said, if I found a mare that fit all my criteria I would buy her.
         
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        02-08-2013, 08:53 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    Don’t know about trail riding but a stockman I worked with years ago, and who was also a really good horseman, once said something to me that I have found over the years to ring fairly true in the context of working cattle.


    A stallion is the best and will beat a mare and a gelding hands down every time. But you really have to know what you are doing to deal with a stallion.


    On a good day a mare will beat a gelding in her work every time, on a bad day, they might be a handful. You have to know how to convince them not to have a bad day.


    Geldings are the most consistent and easy going but on average they probably wont have the aggression as a stallion or a mare.


    So I guess what do you want in a trail horse? That will probably dictate what horse you get.
         
        02-08-2013, 09:36 PM
      #33
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by horse happy    
    I've read that in the past the bedouins of old would only ride into battle on their mares, which I think attests to mares and their determination and worth ethic.
    And Knights of old took stallions first. Same work ethic with more power, fight and determination in them. Depends on the kind of fighting you plan to do from horseback. A stallion certainly is the way to go in an outnumbered fight where you don't plan to run away (so they work equally well in a fight where numbers are in your favor).
    I may own only mares now, but my riding preference can't alter reality. Not much competes with a stallion when it's blood is up. They'll plow through anything (or at least attempt to) and fight anything.
    Mares "lead" a herd. Stallions defend it. In a close in mounted fight I'd pick a well trained stallion. Like the Lippezzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School which are still trained in combat moves, but for show purposed today.

    I still flirt with the idea of getting stallion again to ride (and breed), but I feel too lazy to put in the amount of work needed to make a good . I loved them when I had them, but I know the level of effort to make a good riding stallion (for being around mares, etc....) and it's just easier to have mares. (but if I was back in my 20's again......)
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        02-09-2013, 12:12 AM
      #34
    Foal
    [QUOTE=its lbs not miles;1885204]And Knights of old took stallions first. Same work ethic with more power, fight and determination in them. Depends on the kind of fighting you plan to do from horseback. A stallion certainly is the way to go in an outnumbered fight where you don't plan to run away (so they work equally well in a fight where numbers are in your favor).

    I would not want to try handling a stallion. I do respect their incredible power and determination but I know my limits and they are beyond me. It is a joy to see others ride and maintain control of such creatures.
         
        02-09-2013, 12:18 AM
      #35
    Weanling
    I've always seemed to have better rides on geldings. I've rode plenty mare's, & even stallions, & they were all great horses, but I seem to click more with geldings. My mare's always seem to change their attitude with every other ride, or so it seems to me. My old mare would be the best behaved horse on a trail, then the next weekend she'd be the worst. She'd go back & forth. I've had bad & good rides on all three genders. It just depends on the individual horse really.
         
        02-09-2013, 02:43 PM
      #36
    Trained
    Lbs not miles, I agree about the drive and spirit of a stallion. Mares have it IMO just not as much or with the intensity.
    I believe in competition mares and stallions have the advantage. Shalom
         
        02-09-2013, 02:52 PM
      #37
    Started
    Weeeellllll..... ;)

    FWIW, my horse is a gelding, and he's a good trail guy and we get on fantastically. There's another gelding I am in love with too. BUT my female German Shepherd is hugely bonded to me and I her, so I could see bonding strongly with the right mare. I haven't met a mare I feel that way about YET, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in the future.

    I'm going to go with the human-horse personality match is far more more important than sex.
         
        02-09-2013, 03:15 PM
      #38
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    My boy was a stallion until last year (9 years old) and I swore I would never find a sweeter, friendlier horse. His world revolved around me and he was amazing. After getting him gelded he's still just as amazing. So obviously being gelded didn't affect him at all. Now I've never had good luck with mares (and have owned several) but bought his daughter this year. She's 6 and has him beat! She neighbor as soon as she sees me and comes running. She nickers to me when I rub her head and loves any attention I give her. She will ignore anything (including food) just to be with me. It's not a stallion, gelding, or mare thing. It's an individual thing. I've met super nasty stallions, I've met geldings that you couldn't turn your back on, and I've met mares that would lay you out if given the chance.
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        02-09-2013, 03:24 PM
      #39
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    "On a good day a mare will beat a gelding in her work every time, on a bad day, they might be a handful. You have to know how to convince them not to have a bad day."
    Oh well...some days I have to convince myself not to have a bad day. : )

    I really think it just depends on the individual, although geldings do seem more "consistant" overall. But for the past many years mares have been my riding partners, It has just worked out that way. I have a Paint and an Arab-X. The 21 year old Arab-X is the horse that I have learned the most from and is the one who will break my heart when she passes on. She is my all-time favorite. But she can be a corker in season. The Paint is a newcomer and a mellow soul but still a bit girlie at times. I guess my answer to your question is I seem to have a preference for mares...moods and all.
         
        02-15-2013, 08:21 AM
      #40
    Cat
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paintgirl96    
    My mare's always seem to change their attitude with every other ride, or so it seems to me. My old mare would be the best behaved horse on a trail, then the next weekend she'd be the worst. She'd go back & forth.
    I had a couple geldings like that. Would have an absolutely fabulous ride one time and then a disaster the next.
         

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