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    04-16-2013, 03:15 PM
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Foal
Buying Your First Mare?

As some of you know, I am between states right now. My parents live in Texas, while I spend half of my time there and half of my time in Arkansas. My mom & step dad just bought a place in Texas that has a few acres on it, and they are talking about buying me a horse to put on it. While my mom isn't a horse person, my step dad is. So, we would be kind of sharing whichever horse that we decided to buy. I've been looking around on the internet for horses for sale in my area, and my price range is about $2,000. The best horse that I've found is a 6 year old Paint mare.
However, I don't have very much experience with mares. I used to ride one for my friend, but that was years ago. I know that they come into heat, and are very moody during that time. But I also hear the phrase "Oh, she's acting up again..Just like a mare" a lot.
The only horses that I've owned have always been geldings, so I need to know more about mares in general. What are your experiences/opinions? Please don't be shy to share your expertise!
P.S..This mare would also be my step-dad's, and he would be riding her frequently while I'm in Arkansas, so please don't think I'm just going to be abandoning her for months at a time.
     
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    04-16-2013, 03:20 PM
  #2
Trained
Just go with for it
Good luck
     
    04-16-2013, 03:25 PM
  #3
Trained
This is a BUYER's market. You haven't shopped long enough. Here are your chances of buying a well tempered mare.
I have owned ~ 35 horses in close to 30 years. 7 of them were mares, the rest were geldings. 2 of the mares were tolerable-good, and the mare I now own is one in a million.
Mares go into season every 21 days and some are "HeXX on wheels". Your first horse shouldn't be an accident waiting to happen. EVEN IF you don't buy that mare and find out she is nice, your chances are much better with a gelding.
     
    04-16-2013, 03:35 PM
  #4
Trained
Sorry, you have owned horses before. Still, market is in the tank and you need to keep looking. You should look for a horse like people look when they want to buy a car.
     
    04-16-2013, 03:39 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
This is a BUYER's market. You haven't shopped long enough. Here are your chances of buying a well tempered mare.
I have owned ~ 35 horses in close to 30 years. 7 of them were mares, the rest were geldings. 2 of the mares were tolerable-good, and the mare I now own is one in a million.
Mares go into season every 21 days and some are "HeXX on wheels". Your first horse shouldn't be an accident waiting to happen. EVEN IF you don't buy that mare and find out she is nice, your chances are much better with a gelding.
Well, she wouldn't be my first horse. She would be my 8th. All of my other horses have been geldings, so I'm just wondering if getting a mare would be a bad idea or not. Thanks for sharing your experience, I'll definitely keep shopping around. This mare's ad just really caught my eye, and she's still in my step-dad's price range. This is the ad that her owner posted:
2008 Gray AQHA Mare PRICE REDUCED | Buy this Horse at Equine.com
     
    04-16-2013, 03:41 PM
  #6
Trained
Do lots of research
Then go see some mares

Go try her out a couple of times and when she is in season to see if she is still sweet
     
    04-16-2013, 03:41 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Love my mares! I'd prefer to own one over a gelding. I find them to be a little bit more "sensitive" to how your feeling or what your doing, whether its your anxiety level or the way you push them around physically (i.e. On a cross tie, "goose-ing" them with your leg). Personally I like that extra "spunk" a mare adds to the table. They can have "mood swings", I know when my mare can't be bothered, if she is frustrated/confused and there's other times where all she wants is some lovin'.

That being said, there are going to be plenty of geldings out there who act "mare-ish" and plenty of mares who act like geldings. I wouldn't rule a horse out strictly based on gender. There are other important things I'd look for first, like its ability to do the job, soundness, conformation, beginner safe, etc. Everyone will have a color and gender preference but as the wise people of the forum say "you don't ride color!" You can also add gender to the list of things you can't ride .
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    04-16-2013, 03:48 PM
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Weanling
I prefer mares for my own personal use. I have always found they form better bonds with their people. Not saying you won't have a connection with a gelding, though. I have known dead-quiet mares where you won't even know when they come into heat, mares who are always a bit "mare-ish", and mares who are generally quiet unless they are in heat. It all depends on the horse. I have known geldings who have "mare moments". Most mares I have worked with have been quiet for the most part. My pony mare is a she-devil 99% of the time, and that doesn't change when she is in heat, but doesn't get worse either. She's just hot headed overall. My TB is an extremely quiet mare, and when she's in heat she's just rude toward other horses and pissy overall, but not nasty. She is on mare magic only because she does not like being near other horses while in heat, and we're in a barn with a good amount of other horses and borders. My pony is not and never has needed to be on mare magic or anything similar. My TB is, I believe, the first mare I've ever ridden that is on mare magic, and I have ridden a lot of mares.

It all depends on the horse, IMHO.
     
    04-16-2013, 03:56 PM
  #9
Weanling
It's kinda a crap shoot. Any decently trained, well handled horse (mare or gelding) should be expected to behave even if having an "off" day or a "mare" day. I have seen a lot of people let mares get away with murder (so to speak) and pawn it off as a mare thing.

And I have seen some mares just turn downright mean, other get super lovey- and others altogether you can't tell the difference. My mare turns ADD when it's her time, and a little grumpy. She doesn't go psycho, but she'll get cinchy and grouchy and a bit lazy.

I personally won't let sex be a deterring factor when selecting a good all around horse, I'd let the horse be the factor.
     
    04-16-2013, 04:19 PM
  #10
Trained
My favorite horses to ride in order of preference:

Stallions
Mares
Geldings

Stallions are out for most folks and I don't blame them for not wanting all the extra work/hassle of a stallion.

I find a lot of people saying they don't want to own a mare because she goes in season and is a PIA. I kind of feel like that's saying you don't want a wife because she has a cycle...... Most mares do make it obvious when they're in heat but my experience is that 97% of them are just fine to ride at any time. There are exceptions to the rule and they can be pretty awful. BUT......... I've had geldings I'd just as soon have shot as look at, so.......

Go try her out and see how you get along. Do it a few times, a couple weeks apart or try to negotiate a trial period so you can see what she's like during her cycle.
     

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