Battle between mares and geldings! - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 14 Old 01-27-2009, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Battle between mares and geldings!

Mares or Geldings?

Here one for all of you!

Writtle College in England have been researching something, which gender is better? Are Mares or Geldings better sporthorses?

Most of the horses on the highest level (90%) are geldings, but the scientists think Geldings performance isn't as good as the mares.

Dr Tim Whitaker: "We actually expected that Geldings would be used more as sporthorses than mares, but when we saw the results, there actually was no difference between the genders."

Plenty of people think and say that geldings are better than mares because their character is better and therefor.. easier to train. But the results show that it isn't true. During a competition mares perform even better than geldings!

That's quite something!

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-27-2009, 03:15 PM
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I prefer geldings for their even tempers. Mares come in season and stallions have other things on their minds. I'm speaking about good trail or backyard type horses in this case which seems to be the most prevalent here.

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post #3 of 14 Old 01-27-2009, 03:16 PM
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I do love mares, but when it comes to having nothing but geldings who still think they're studs when a mare walks by, I'd prefer to have another gelding to keep the peace.

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post #4 of 14 Old 01-27-2009, 04:27 PM
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I would definately say mares. I've found that in my own experiences mares are way more predictable and easy going than geldings plus they are more willing and will give more. But that is just my experience.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-27-2009, 09:32 PM
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All mares...they just seem to have more personality.

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post #6 of 14 Old 01-28-2009, 07:21 AM
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I like my mares!!! I have ridden and owned geldings before but mares act a little more sassy, kinnda like my personallity, lol

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post #7 of 14 Old 01-29-2009, 10:53 AM
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I chose geldings, only because they are more even tempered and predictable. I had a mare when I was younger and she was never predictable. You never knew what kind of a mood she'd be in. One day she'd do great under saddle, then the next she'd be ornery. But this is all just my experience. I'm sure others have better luck with mares than me. I love my boys! :)


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post #8 of 14 Old 01-30-2009, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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You all seem to like mares more.
I like both. Stallions can be good partners aswell. Although their life isn't as normal as it should be. I like Geldings more. They are sensible, sometimes show their funny/cute side. Their like macho's aswell. Mares, hmm.. they are more..?! I don't know how to explain, girlish? My mare never wants to stand in mud, water or in dirty straw. A few other mares at my stables do that aswell.. Kinda weird.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-30-2009, 02:27 PM
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Well, I have a gelding, but my trainer says he is the pissiest mare she has ever seen. Having experienced a pissy mare first hand, I say go geldings!
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-30-2009, 04:01 PM
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While I think that if you are competing or showing a mare or stallion will draw more attention, they will be more challenging to deal with. I have alot more experience with mares than stallions, but I know of well trained and not so well trained horses, I think it depends more on the level of training and the trainer than it does the gender....

But that being said, I found pluses and minues with all of them. I don't really have a preference, it would just depend on the horse.

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