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.