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    06-30-2010, 02:03 AM
A good horse is a good horse. Gender doesn't even factor in when I'm horse shopping, I've rode stallions, started w/ mares, then had geldings, now I'm back on a mare (none of it on purpose, just happened that way). I've had horses of either gender that I didn't get along w/, and horses of both genders I was crazy about!

I think my current horse may be my once in a lifetime horse! And she's a mare! She is not moody or difficult (and I have never had a truely hormonal mare, especially while saddled). And she seems like she's in heat alot! But other then being more interested in other horses, if you didn't know her you wouldn't even know.
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    06-30-2010, 12:10 PM
Green Broke
Well since so many of you have taken the time to respond to this thread, I would like to make a small summary:

If I was to go back and re-read every post, I think they would show overwhelmingly that most people agree that mares make excellent horses. Whilst some may be moodier than others, generally they show a lot of heart and with proper training (as for any horse) they are reliable, honest mounts.

So, next time someone says someone says something about mares being less adequate than other horses, tell them they are wrong and that mares are awesome!!
    07-02-2010, 10:29 AM
I've only had one mare, which is our current pony. She isn't "in your pocket" like most of our geldings have been, but she's the easiest horse we've had to deal with. She is the poster horse for bomb proof.
    07-03-2010, 01:28 AM
As others have said my personality just goes better with males.
Stallions love me for some reason (Lol) and I just bond better with geldings...

I prefer (neutered) male dogs too as opposed to female. Same with cats. They just have a different demeanor about them I guess. Maybe its all in my head though :p
    07-03-2010, 01:53 AM
I haven't read the replies (too many) so I'm probably repeating whats omeone else already said.

I LOVE mares. When I'm searching for horses for sale and find a great hrose and find out it's a stallion/gelding, my heart drops a little bit LOL.

Unfortunately for mares, their bad rep comes from idiots who blame their lack of training on the mares being in heat. I'm not saying this is always the case, I know there are some mares that can be bad to deal with in heat, but far too often people are blaming their bad training on the mare being...well, a mare.

Other than the snip snip, geldings have it made. A mare acts up, she's in heat. A stud acts up, it's because there was a mare within 50 feet of him - can't a horse just act up to act up these days? Shesh! At least with geldings people can't blame their bad behaviour on their privates! Though I have said geldings always seem goofy to me...LOL
    07-03-2010, 08:14 PM
Some mares are just turds in heat though. I ride an arab mare that is PERFECT until she's in heat, and then I have to not only ask twice, but CONVINCE & REASON with her lol

I can still ride her, and she doesn't get away with any more than she usually would, she just has a different attitude.
    07-04-2010, 12:02 PM
Originally Posted by Eliz    
Some mares are just turds in heat though. I ride an arab mare that is PERFECT until she's in heat, and then I have to not only ask twice, but CONVINCE & REASON with her lol

I can still ride her, and she doesn't get away with any more than she usually would, she just has a different attitude.
That's why I said that it's not always the case and I know some can really be bad to deal with in heat, but the majority of people blame their heat for their lack of training.
    07-04-2010, 12:46 PM
I've never owned a mare, but wouldn't pass a good horse by because it's a mare.

I took lessons on several mares, and never had a problem that I would directly attribute to marish moodiness. Some of the lesson geldings had it in them to be little snots every now and again. With one exception, every horse that's ever dumped me has been a gelding. The mare that dumped me stumbled in canter and I didn't have a good enough seat.

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