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    01-19-2012, 09:58 PM
  #11
Showing
I swear sometimes my gelding acts like a mare. But I've worked with mares and I love them. But I'm a very stubborn person who doesn't take no for an answer. I love challenge.

It depends on the horse, OP. Some mares can be lovely.. others absolutely frustrating. Same with geldings.

Don't go for gender, find a horse you click with :)
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    01-19-2012, 10:13 PM
  #12
Yearling
I've only found myself to bond with geldings, and just recently one mare.

The good thing about geldings is they'll have one wild day, while a mare will have a crazy week when in heat
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    01-19-2012, 10:13 PM
  #13
Trained
Depends on the horse. Take your time in searching for the perfect one for you. There's no need to rush into a situation that you aren't prepared for.

I personally prefer geldings. We have 2 geldings and 1 mare. My mare can be ...ditsy...but she's actually pretty easy to get along with. You just have to know which buttons not to push with her.

In all honesty, If I can't get a mare at a very young age and train it myself, I won't consider getting a mare. Unless of course I know the mare and have spent a lot of time around her to know what she's like.

Unfortunately there is no correct answer...
     
    01-19-2012, 10:39 PM
  #14
Foal
I am a gelding person. I love mares too but between the two between training, showing, riding ect. I would go with gelding. Mares are very smart and also can be very moody. Not saying geldings can't be moody but I have had more moody mares then geldings. Mares are more bullheaded. Geldings are just more docile. But that's just my oppionion. Good luck on shopping for a horse.!! :)
     
    01-19-2012, 10:49 PM
  #15
Showing
I prefer geldings. I've only like one mare out of all the mares I've worked with and she was just an awesome horse in general (did a quick count in my head and I've worked with or around something like 25 mares). My friend had an arab mare who had some serious hormone imbalance issues and would attack my friend when she'd go to clean her stall. The mare would also try to attack any mare who came near her stall and actually bowed her front tendons trying to go after a mare that was moved next to her.

ETA: Just wanted to add that the only two horses that have EVER thrown me were mares. One was psychotic. The other was just lazy.
     
    01-19-2012, 10:50 PM
  #16
Trained
Oh my! Mares always get such a bad rap! All mares here and they're never any trouble at all. In my experience, once a mare respects and trusts you, they'll do anything for you.
     
    01-20-2012, 05:27 AM
  #17
Weanling
I've always prefered a gelding, but that was because when my dad bought me my first horse it was a gelding. It's just what was inprinted on my brain!!!

The mare my brother got was a ripe royal moody cranky woman at the best of times. However my issues with her were personal and we never formed a bond and it put me off a mare. We simply never gelled!

Then I leased a mare last year...and she made me realise it's more the individual horse than the sex. Im still a gelding fan but if it seems to be the right horse and it happens to be a mare I would consider it. Maybe try and not base your decision on the sex, try find the right horse for other reasons.

Perhaps your dad thinks having a mare is better so his gelding can have a "girlfriend"!!! 2 Geldings will also provide each other great companionship.
     
    01-20-2012, 05:39 AM
  #18
Yearling
I have ridden a few mares and a few geldings.. I had one mare that was a witch.. other couple were good.. I bought a yearling filly as they only had fillies the last year at my friends farm.. but the rideable horse im buying in spring will hopefully be a gelding
     
    01-20-2012, 05:53 AM
  #19
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I'm a fan of geldings and have one, too. I don't really enjoy mares in heat and their overall mareishness, they can also be very dominant and tended to be alphas. Of course, it depends on the horse greatly and you might also get a very sweet mare. One of the greatest things about geldings to me is their playfulness - I've seldom seen a mare so willing to do something with people just because it's fun.
     
    01-20-2012, 07:55 AM
  #20
Foal
I thinkthats why they have this saying...Tell a gelding. Ask a stallion. Discuss it with a mare. Lol.!
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