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  • How to tell a gelding from a mare
  • Tell a gelding ask a mare discuss with a stallion

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    01-20-2012, 07:36 AM
I think it's more important to find a horse that is suited to you and your skills/personality than whether it's a gelding or mare. The mares I have are great, they will get a little moody sometimes but that's ok. We have an understanding...she gives me grief, I give her grief! My geldings are great, too.
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    01-20-2012, 08:39 AM
Its more individual than anything. I've had both mares and geldings, right now I have a gelding and a little stud colt who will be a gelding. I've met both genders that I love, both I can't get along with. I couldn't stand my mare at shows when in heat, so I said I was buying a gelding next. I still looked at mares, I wouldn't pass up a good horse based on gender. My gelding can be a handful anyway, he's got a pretty big attitude and I'm thinking he'll be a hotter horse. But hey those are the horses I like, my mare has a big attitude and she's a hotter horse. Just find a horse your that meets your criteria regardless of sex.
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    01-20-2012, 08:52 AM
I've had both mares and geldings. My husband is a gelding guy all the way - won't have anything to do with a mare. I never really bonded with the geldings I've owned - I do not know why - but I will say they were more even tempered than my mares.

My two heart horses were both mares - and had nearly identical personalities. (Guess that says something for me, doesn't it?) They were both dominant mares that I had to work on to get decent ground manners on. Seems that once I got their respect while on the ground, it followed right on into the saddle. Neither mare was/is perfect - they have had their moments. Then again, even with the extra silliness that may come with being in heat, there isn't anything those mares wouldn't do for me.

Maybe the saying about "Ask a stallion, tell a gelding and discuss it with a mare" is true? Once you've had that "discussion" with a mare, you are one heck of a team!
    01-20-2012, 03:45 PM
I had a mare and she was very independent and when she went into heat, there was no way anyone would ride her becuase she wouldn't listen to a thing you asked her to do. We have a very quiet mare in our barn but that is the exception, not the rule. I have since sold my mare and am spending my time looking for a good stocky gelding. My barn owner and many of my other horse friends who have trained and ridden horses for over 20 years,will not buy mares.
    01-20-2012, 04:11 PM
I like a gelding for myself but would consider a mare

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