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post #1 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Gender preference?

So, this thread may already be on here...but I couldn't find it. What is your preference on gender? Mare, gelding or stallion? I have two mares and absolutely LOVE them!! But then again, I lucked out. I can NEVER tell when my girls are in heat, so I don't really deal with the "mareish" behavior. I've ridden some REALLY nice stallions. In fact, I almost prefer them because of their demeanor. But, those are good boys who know their manners....not the crazy studs that give a bad name to the gender., hmm....I don't have a TON of experience with them, but my mom has a gelding. I find him to be more temperamental then both my mares combined! But, I see him as a pretty good beginners horse. Also, he seems to forget things pretty quick. My girls, teach them something once...and they've got it for life. So I would say for everyday riding, this is my line up.
What about you? What's your favorite gender and why?
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post #2 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 06:55 PM
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I have both a mare and a gelding and owned a young stallion for two years before gelding him and selling him.

I love, love, love my mare, and she is definately my preference out of my own horses to ride.

In general, I don't really like riding stallions just because they can become very unpredictable, even those with the best of traning. I actually think I prefer mares, because in general they seem to be a bit more calmer natured and 'down to earth'. My gelding is fantastic, and I learned o ride on a gelding, but I think I'd rather own a mare nowadays.

So, my preference...

1. Mares
2. Geldings
3. Stallions
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post #3 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 06:56 PM
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I tend to prefer mares. Maybe I've been lucky that ours aren't really mare ish. I seem to click or connect better with them. Mares can be moody but geldings can be.. Well, lets just say boys will be boys. They aren't always down to business. Never really dealt with a stallion yet, but will be soon. Our colt will be left "intact" for the time being.

Edit to add: mares are so much easier to clean than the boys.
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post #4 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 07:03 PM
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My preference would be
Geldings are more consistent IME. Can be pastured together with less issues and can't have accidental foals. I'd take a stud over a mare just cause I've seen too many stinkers of mares. And have seen studs that'd you'd never know where studs and still had the big build of a stud. Just my experience and not a recommendation or golden rule.
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post #5 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 07:17 PM
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I really like mares and was always mares then geldings. Then I started to work the half brother to my good mare. He is slowly converting me. He is a goof but honest. I have met to many poorly trained and behaved stallions to ever want one of my own. I know there are great stallions out there and I have met some. I just don't want the responsibility of a stallion. The only intact males allowed on the property are humans and even then sometimes....

1. a tie between mares and geldings
2. A distant second is stallions.
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post #6 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 07:33 PM
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I happen to like geldings... I have never ridden a stallion, but did have a two year old that I had trained from a weanling and he was sleeping anytime he was standing still. LOL!
My best horses were geldings, and I have a gelding right now.
I have broke/trained three mares... I did have more problems with the attitude. But then, that's only three horses. I have nothing against mares, and would ride one just as quick as a gelding.
So my list would be:
1 Geldings
2 Mares
3 Stallions

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post #7 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 07:36 PM
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Mine is: Mares, Geldings, Stallions.

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post #8 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 07:46 PM
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I love my mares, I have 4 of them. Any gelding I've ridden has just been...kinda dopey, can't say I'm a fan. Stallions, if they know how to mind their manners, are alright in my book.

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post #9 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 08:18 PM
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Well if I had to vote

I've ridden all 3 types and none are really all bad or all good. A horse is a horse ;)

But if I really had to choose...mares. lol

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post #10 of 41 Old 01-08-2013, 08:19 PM
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I have had some pretty bad mares, probably two good ones out of the ten I've had come through my barn. And I've noticed that the few geldings I've had are very very calm and sweet. Of course stallions over mares just because I've seen some nasty bipolar mares.
1) Geldings
2) Studs
3) Mares
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