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post #1 of 24 Old 05-19-2011, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on mare vs gelding

Not sure if this is the right place for this.

We are considering quite seriously getting a QH mare. I have ridden mostly geldings. My husband has had both. He never had any problems with any of his mares.

The man at the stable where we are going to board, told us to really think about a mare. They still cycle, and can get "mareish". Whereas, geldings are pretty neutral.

So now, I am thinking....gee what if he is right. We will, of course, go over this with the current owner. She is very docile from what we can see. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being "hot") she is probably a 2.

So, I would just like some feedback on your experiences with mares. Our girl is 8 years old and you can see her in my other thread under "Equipment".

Thanks for looking!
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-19-2011, 08:26 AM
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I personally love geldings. I don't like how mares act when they get "marish" My friends have all geldings accept for one mare, and I don't know that "A+B=C but she is the worst out of all of the geldings, the just dumped a girl yesterday off her back. She gets really moody, she is spooky and just annoying. But, like I said maybe this is just her personality and maybe its not cause she's a mare BUT like I said, maybe A+B doesnt =C xD

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My daughter has almost always ridden mares. Some are good some not so good, will depend on the horse.
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I have ridden both geldings and mares, and I will say that geldings tend to be more neutral as you said. But it mostly depends on the horse- I've ridden some bad geldings and some awesome mares. See how you like this mare and if you don't like her, move on :).
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Mares all the way. When I horse search and find a horse I like the looks of only to find out it's a gelding...I say forget it. All the geldings I've had experience with have just been...goofy, I really don't know how else to explain it. With mares, once you gain their trust they will do ANYTHING for you and try their heart out!

People only say mares get 'marish' because they can. It's like when women are in a bad mood, it MUST mean we're PMSing!! What do you call it when geldings/men act like that...? Mares have it bad, they have something bad attitudes or training can be blamed on - heat cycles. The only thing I notice with my mares in heat is that they are peeing and 'winking' more, it's slightly annoying but that's the big to-do about heat cycles with my mares. They don't act any better/worse...they just squirt. I know there are a few mares that turn into witches when in heat, but like I said...a few, it comes down to the individual horse. People blame too much on heat cycles and give mares a bad name. I wouldn't trade my mares for anything!

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If you like the horse and the horse will do what you want a horse to do, I do not see why it matters if it is a mare or a gelding.

I have always preferred geldings (figure I have a hard enough time dealing with my own hormones, do not want to deal with my horse's too).
I now have two mares and one retired gelding. One mare is VERY mare-ish. The other is just like my gelding.
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Every horse is an individual! It's silly to pass up a potentially great horse just because of gender. I work at an Arab barn with over 40 horses, and I'm reminded on a daily basis how different every horse is! Some mares get downright nasty when they go info heat, pinning their ears and kicking the stall walls. Others, you would never guess they were in heat. And geldings too, there are some that are not the nicest horses for whatever reason, but there are some awesome, sweet, just-want-to-please boys too. If you like her, don't worry about mare vs gelding :)
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I have both and don't prefer one over the other. The term "mare-ish" always irked me. I think it's just a way to cover for bad training.
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I prefer geldings. They don't seem as moody a mares. That said, both my horses are mares. One is mare-ish. One is as laid back as they come. It really just depends on the horse.

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I prefer geldings ... I currently have 3 mares, so go figure. I've had mares that acted more like geldings and I've had some mares that I hated being around during their cycle. Bottom line is that geldings are more consistent but once a mare bonds with you, it is strong - however, in the same token, and in my experience, if you are harsh with her (not saying that you have to tiptoe around her and allow her to get away with things) she never forgets.

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