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        04-27-2011, 08:19 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Very happy you joined hubby! I am taking the advise of saddlebag and letting you make the desicion. I will support you whichever choice you make!
         
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        04-27-2011, 08:52 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by xNightHawk    
    This is garlicbunny's hubby (of 32+ years). Thank you ladies for the words of wisdom....especially the Mares RULE! Geldings drool! Comment...
    First, I would like to say welcome to the forum. There's a lot one can learn on here but remember that there are a lot of just opinions too.

    I'm glad you did join because there does seem to be more females than us guys.

    I don't know if you had thought of it, but before you buy either horse, it would be a good idea to have a vet check it over first. They can check for things that could be a problem. The mare may be older but you could have a lot of years left to ride her if she's healthy. The gelding may be younger, but you'd have to put so time into him to get him like the mare.

    Eventhough the gelding may look nice, other things like personality, attitude, and functionality should be considered too. A sports car can look nice and handle great, but it wouldn't do well hauling horses around. A big truck may look good and can haul things but doesn't get good fuel mileage or parallel park real easy.

    Maybe in the end you'll click better with the gelding. I like either gender, but I can usually "click" easier with a mare, not all of them though.

    I hope it works out well for you.
         
        04-27-2011, 09:44 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Just wanted to welcome xNightHawk, and I agree with saddlebag, a lot of good information here but also a lot of just opinions. And yes, let a vet check the horse as to avoid any nasty surprises.

    Let us know what you decide, I'm getting curious!
         
        04-27-2011, 10:07 AM
      #14
    Trained
    Welcome! I have 2 horses, one that fits each of your descriptions, except they are both geldings. My english guy that needs constant contact is great and bombproof, but I get really tired of holding him when we do anything but walk. And mine is not herdbound. He used to be, and that took hours and hours to fix.
    My younger guy is the reining trained guy, and he is incredibly easy to ride. Very soft and responsive. It happens that his previous occupation used to be trail horse extrordinaire. I ride him in a halter, and half the time don'e even need that. But I will say, that if you are not a good rider with a fairly well balanced seat and still legs, you may find the reining horse doing things you are not asking for if it is well trained.
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        04-28-2011, 06:29 AM
      #15
    Foal
         
        04-29-2011, 12:41 AM
      #16
    Trained
    All my reiners trail ride. No reason why they can or should not be trail ridden. They all love it also.
         
        04-29-2011, 12:46 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Think about this... the horse that has bad habits, you will spend two thirds (esimtate) more time retraining and get less out of them immediately than you will with a horse without bad habits.... do you have the extra 200 hours to spend retraining a horse to get desired results, or would a horse who only needs 40 hours of retraining suit you better......
         
        04-30-2011, 08:01 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Welcome Nighthawk. I can't wait to hear your choice!
         
        05-01-2011, 04:59 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Thank you all for the welcome’s and the thoughtful and insightful advise. On Saturday, garlicbunny and I went for a second look at both the mare and the gelding. Very surprising turn of events. Clearly, garlicbunny’s first impressions supported buying the mare and leaving the gelding in Indiana and in our memories. There were significant concerns had I chosen the gelding I would be in the dog house (if we had one) or maybe sleeping on the couch for a while. As it turns out, garlicbunny had a change of heart when she saw and rode both a second time. Before our second visit, garlicbunny made it very clear that it would be my decision on which horse we bought. In the end, “WE” both decided the gelding Bailey was the better fit and the right choice for myself. I feel very good about our decision and very much look forward to years of happy trail riding with garlicbunny (her ride Dillon) and my new ride Bailey (soon to be Dakota). A link to our choices. http://www.horseforum.com/members/23...-choices-2731/
    Thank you for your inputs!
         
        05-01-2011, 05:57 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Hello there, and congratulations! He is indeed a beautiful horse and looks very sweet too. In the end what is important is the feeling between you and the horse. Our considerations would serve if you were buying a car or something like that, but we are talking about a living creature, and what might be right for me is not necessarily right for you. It's all about soul matching.
    Hope he will be everything you dreamt of. Happy trails!
         

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