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post #1 of 31 Old 03-25-2012, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Mares, Stallions or geldings? Which do you prefer?

Apparently girls are ment to 'click' better with a mare. I don't I clash. I don't think i've really liked a single mare i've ridden. I love geldings. They have more personality, no worries in the world and you don't have to worry about any breeding stuff.

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post #2 of 31 Old 03-25-2012, 03:32 AM
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I prefer geldings. I have yet to meet a mare that I really "click" with.

I worked at the Girl Scout horse camp and all we used were mares (didn't have a choice...it was a tiny program and they were donated by a trail riding/polo place who didn't need them in the fall and wanted to keep them "fresh"). I schooled several of the mares on an almost daily basis, groomed them, tacked them up and was there at feeding time in the evenings. I even rode one of the mares quite a few times when the wranglers would go on trail rides when we didn't have any lessons/groups that day. Nope, never worked with any of them very well (although I was the only one who didn't mind riding Paleface).

I also worked for a friend who had an arab mare that I helped her work/train. I groomed and lunged Remi on almost a daily basis and never clicked with her. However, I would groom and lunge her arab gelding and her boyfriend's TB gelding two or three times a week and got along with them great.
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post #3 of 31 Old 03-25-2012, 03:41 AM
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I ride and train a lot of different horses and the one thing I never think about in terms of what they might be like or what strategies I might need to use, is their sex. I've ridden flighty mares, flighty geldings, quiet stallions, quiet mares. I've worked marey mares and aggressive geldings, silent heaters and distinerested stallions.

My main concern is always the temperament- reactive or unreactive and sensitivity- do they take a lot of pressure to motivate them to respond or only a little. Most times reactive and sensitive go together but not always. Some mares can be a bit distracted or less attentive when they are in season, but then some geldings can have days when their heads are elsewhere. I've never really understood people's preference for one or the other, though its very common. I guess my view is why limit yourself to only 50% of the horse population.
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All mares here. The herd and the pecking order are very important to mares. If you have their trust and respect, they'll do just about anything for you.
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post #5 of 31 Old 03-25-2012, 08:25 AM
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I went from owning a gelding, to owning a mare, back to a gelding. I couldn't deal with the mare's independent streak everytime she went into heat. When anyone got on her back during this time, she would rear up a little on her front end and toss her head. I gave it 6 months to see if love and mutual respect might work but she just scared me to death so I sold her and I bought another gelding. My barn owner and her husband who have been working and training horses for over 25 years told me "NO MORE MARES" They don't even own mares because they have had issue after issue with them in the past and the 12 people who board at our barn with their horses won't buy mares either. We only have 3 mares out of 30 horses there. It's just my opinion so no offense to those that love mares, they just aren't for me :)


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I ride and train a lot of different horses and the one thing I never think about in terms of what they might be like or what strategies I might need to use, is their sex. I've ridden flighty mares, flighty geldings, quiet stallions, quiet mares. I've worked marey mares and aggressive geldings, silent heaters and distinerested stallions.

My main concern is always the temperament- reactive or unreactive and sensitivity- do they take a lot of pressure to motivate them to respond or only a little. Most times reactive and sensitive go together but not always. Some mares can be a bit distracted or less attentive when they are in season, but then some geldings can have days when their heads are elsewhere. I've never really understood people's preference for one or the other, though its very common. I guess my view is why limit yourself to only 50% of the horse population.
Well said and my thoughts exactly.
I own two mares but love them for their personality/temperament. I've also had favorite geldings and enjoy riding and showing a stallion. Gender is one of the last things I think about when evaluating a horse.

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I've never really understood people's preference for one or the other, though its very common. I guess my view is why limit yourself to only 50% of the horse population.
It's called personal preference, and there's hardly a shortage of any gender, so I'm not sure why you think it's an issue.

I've ridden mares that I liked, but my preference is for geldings. Some people prefer mares. Nothing wrong with either viewpoint.

Personal preference drives everything, and the horse world is no exception. If it didn't, there wouldn't be so many disparate breeds.
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I love just about every horse out there, regardless of age, gender, height, weight, attitude or image.

That said, I've worked, handled, fed, groomed, and played with 60+ horses, riding about half of them in my horse time. So far all my favorites (with one exception) have been mares, usually bossy mares who make me work for their respect. I love the challenge, and I love that they hold such a high regard for who they completely trust. Both of my lifetime "bonded" mares were very unruly and difficult to handle in the beginning, and I really enjoyed going through the trials and work needed to gain their trust and trust for them because the aftermath was completely worth it. Most dependable animal I've ever had the greatest pleasure of being with.

Although I won't disregard geldings, I think their big ol goofballs and love them to death and really enjoy watching some of the spunky ones play with foals in the pasture. But for my personal horse I just have this inborn connection with a dominant mare with attitude
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post #10 of 31 Old 03-25-2012, 09:37 AM
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I'm not a mare fan although I'm not sure why. My top preference seems to be stallions since that is honestly what I bond best with. But I'll take a gelding any day. :)
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