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        06-25-2010, 12:12 AM
      #21
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    I love my mares! I haven't found myself having any issues with any of them.
         
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        06-25-2010, 12:59 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    I go by the "Ask a Gelding Tell a Stallion Discuss it with a Mare" thing. Yup. That about sums it up.
         
        06-25-2010, 01:40 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    I went to see my girl tonight(always do) and she was being a brat! She hates being caught because she knows she has to "go to work".She would rather eat all day. But when I was working with her she was a good girl and she has been improving.
    She is opinionated but I find it good sometimes because I will know what she likes and dislikes. I use to tap her with my leg for turning her left or right and she would get sooo annoyed and upset so I was messing around one night and decided to not tap but put complete leg pressure into her and she moved with no problem and her ears were up...picky picky but I figured it out :)
         
        06-25-2010, 12:36 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I've only ever owned mares, although my current one is making me think that my next mount will be a gelding!

    Overall, I like them. Despite the occasionally moody day, I enjoy their personalities. Mine were courageous and tried with all their hearts in whatever task I put them too.
         
        06-25-2010, 12:40 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    While geldings usually are a little more agreeable, and usually will do what you ask the first time, sometimes I appreciate having a mare who gives me the "What the heck are we doing?" look. It makes me re-think what we're doing, make sure it's safe for both of us, and if it is, I ask again and she'll do it. My mare is a good mare to work with- you just have to ask her in a reasonable way. Compared to the geldings I've ridden/showed, I have to say she has more heart and gives you more when you know how to ask for it.

    Does that make sense? I guess what I mean is that, for someone who rides well, who isn't just learning to ride, I think mares give a challenge and a great training/learning experience. Geldings make for an easier ride (usually).

    Just my opinion though- written from owning a mare. :)
    My $.02
         
        06-25-2010, 01:08 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Have have never has a bad experience with a mare. I have even ridden them when they are in season! The best pony I ever rode was a mare and yes she was a pony too! Ebony was a great mount (you can visit her in my barn).

    Millie wasn't the calmest of horses (she had a screw loose!) but she was very honest and jumped anything you pointed her at, even though she was actually a nervous jumper.

    I've ridden many mares: Gem, Felanka, Bella, Trudy and more. I have ridden Gem and Felanka whilst they were in season and they were flirty but not at all typically marish.
         
        06-25-2010, 01:50 PM
      #27
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by upupandflyaway1    
    I go by the "Ask a Gelding Tell a Stallion Discuss it with a Mare" thing.
    I think it is actually "Tell a gelding, ask a mare, discuss it with a stallion" but it is still the same principle.
         
        06-25-2010, 02:16 PM
      #28
    Showing
    I've been around and ridden plenty of mares in my day. They're as individual as people, so some have been moody, bitchy, and some have been very tractable and sweet as pie.

    I still prefer geldings, because they're less complicated and are food motivated. That works very well when you have to medicate or supplement them. Mares will sniff it, give you a dirty look, and walk away from the 'poisoned' feed.

    I prefer uncomplicated horses, although my gelding Conny was more mareish than some mares. He was a true diva his entire life, and could give the witchiest mare a run for her money.

    When he died, I remember one of the last things I told him was, "Now, don't go biting Jesus when you meet Him. I know you'll probably be pissed off, but please don't do that."
         
        06-25-2010, 02:24 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    When he died, I remember one of the last things I told him was, "Now, don't go biting Jesus when you meet Him. I know you'll probably be pissed off, but please don't do that."


    Lol..cute
         
        06-25-2010, 03:17 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Gidget, I loved that horse with all my soul, but he was a nasty little bugger and could bite the stuffin's out of somebody if he was annoyed!

    I imagined he'd get to Heaven, look around and not see me there, and decide to bite whoever he saw next. I just figured it would be Jesus.

    There's a reason I called him my little bay demon in horse form.
         

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