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post #11 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 06:36 PM
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Ah mares you have to love them.
My competition girl is lets just say testing at times, she is stroppy, stubborn, moody, frustrating, tempermental BUT thats only a few days a month and im the exact same so i dont mind! however i find mares are much more loving the geldings they are real triers.
I think with a gelding if you click its nice not exceptional with mares and stallions though it takes much longer so the connection is stronger and more substantial!!

I LOVe them if you can train a stubborn mare your a pretty good rider in my opinion!

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post #12 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 06:58 PM
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I have a mare and only had mares. Now the mare I have right now is the most moody,b*tchy thing I have ever met. She is stubborn. Yet I love her veeerrry much. She can be a good girl but you have to treat her more kindly. She is tender hearted compared to the rest we have and we are both stubborn so sometimes we don't get along when we are riding but if I tell her what a great girl she is and praise her for trying even if she doesn't do it all the way(lounging is a good example..she has a fear bc of a bad experience but i've been working with her every day and if she stops I still tell her she is a good girl because she is trying and she is getting better everyday and I think she really enjoys knowing I'm not upset).

I don't think I would own a gelding although sweet I just don't like the thought of their man hood hanging around when you are riding...kinda disturbing if you ask me.

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post #13 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 07:14 PM
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When me and my best friend were on a horse search for the first time in years, we both said 'NO MARES'. Its not so much with the moodiness that I dont like, ive just never clicked with a mare...and all that peeing drives me nuts! Fast forward a year...we both have nut cases for geldings and the boarders with mares have the nicest horses. We laugh about it often!

I wouldn't object to a mare if she was the perfect horse for me...but there are issues that come up.
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post #14 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 08:07 PM
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If I had my way, all I'd ever ride would be mares.

When people have issues with a mare they generally just whine and complain about "how she's just in heat." My experience is that the mare has just been allowed to get away with bad behaviour and/or that the person in question is just incompetent. When mares are trained and treated correctly they are just as good as a well trained gelding. It's like saying that when a woman's mad "it's just because she's on her period." It's an excuse and one I don't like hearing. YOU are the person, THEY are the horse, end of story. I find that mares are more opionated, as others have said, but I also think they're also more willing to THINK than some geldings (not all, obviously.) IMO, a good mare trumps a good gelding any day of the week. There was a reason that the Bedouins treasured their mares above all their other horses. And I, also, love mares.

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post #15 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 09:15 PM
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We have all mares and have never had mare-ish problems. They all have lots of personality, are well behaved, and always give you 100%. Perhaps we're just lucky, but I've never understood why folks think mares are a problem.

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post #16 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 09:19 PM
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I have two :) Never thought a gender was a bit factor, I've always thought that it's the independent personality.
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post #17 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 09:22 PM
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I think everyone has already covered that they can be opinionated, so I'm assuming I dont need to say it?

I have had god mares, bad mares, lazy mares, happy mares, red mares, blue mares, one mare, two mare.....AND every Dr. Seuss comparison in between ^^

For show horses, I like fillies a lot. I have shown many a mare in the reining arena and find it easy not to deal with stud horse hormones....Although I do still like the geldings better for everything.

Mares are very picky creatures. if they don't click with your personality then you'll end up on the ground more times then any bull rider. However, if they do click with you then you have a forever companion.

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post #18 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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I am firmly in the 'I love mares' camp! The ones I have had have been fantastic horses - bold, willing and hard working. I honestly think mares unfairly have a bad reputation, perhaps stemming from the fact that they have a little more personality and spunk than the average gelding, however that is a quality that I really like about them.

Although many of the mares I have worked with wouldn't be classed as beginners horses, I have found them to be reliable and that they have that extra spark that makes them stand out from a crowd. Also, I don't know if it is related to gender or not but I have mares to be much more bold and careful jumpers, could be just the individual horses that I have had. Interesting to hear what you all think though!

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post #19 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 10:13 PM
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I have met jekyls and hydes and inbetween when it comes to mares.
Currently, there are 4 mares, one filly, and one gelding yearling where I ride.
Two of the mares and the filly would never even hurt a fly and consistantly quiet.
One is "self consious"
And the last one is a hormonal mare complete with a witch hat. I actually think she has a hormonal imbalance, but she comes into heat almost every 20-23 days and stays in HEAVY heat for 5-6 days. She contantly is searching for a boyfriend. And she is the bossy one in the herd.

I personally love mares, because they have opinions, and because of it I believe it means that much more when they do comply.
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post #20 of 58 Old 06-24-2010, 10:44 PM
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Hmmm what can i say about my horse Harmony...

Well i'll start off with when i first got her, she saw the herd go out for food so she decided to take me through the barn... i obviously let go because im not about to risk my own life.
So i'd say #1 extremely herd bound.

She's a whole new horse now i must say after a year but i'll tell you i could probably write a whole book on our one year together and the experiences shes given me.

She use to act like she was in heat EVERY SINGLE day for about 6 months, then i finally decided to try a product call pre-mare, and let me tell you, life saver. She is like night and day when she is in heat. Most loud rude horse ever, compared to when she is not in heat and is like a puppy dog(for the most part) i find when she is in heat she is even more herd bound then she is to begin with.

Now the horses are out to pasture so all she thinks about is going back out to the herd from when i bring her in to when i finally put her back out. But i must say once i get on her and ride her she focuses on what she has to do, but right when i get off of her, once my feet touch the ground she goes back to wanting to go out to the herd.

I could go on and on and i have to say my horse is lucky i love her because i think it would be hard for anyone to want to keep her. She's not your "ideal" horse when it comes to moods. I sometimes think she's bipolar or something lol. But if i didn't have her, i would not have the same amount of experience as i do now!
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