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        10-23-2013, 12:19 AM
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    I never used to get on with mares, but that was my problem, I was lazy. My geldings are all pretty easy going, but it seems every mare has to be wooed, and you have to win them, once you do they are awesome.

    Your exactly right about having to win them!
    I'm still working on our pony
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        10-23-2013, 12:20 AM
    I have always insisted upon geldings...That is, until I realized the only great horses I have ever ridden have been mares. I've ridden good geldings who have been wonderful, but there's never been that same "click" as with my mares.
        10-23-2013, 12:36 AM
    Mares over geldings any day for me. I find most gelding boring and the ones I have enjoyed are those that were gelded late in life and still acted like stallions.
    I like a horse with an attitude and spirit. Both of which I find lacking in most geldings.
    Riding a stallion though makes both mares and geldings seem boring.

    Every Polo player I have talked to preferred mares over geldings. They try harder. Shalom
        10-23-2013, 01:30 AM
    Ive always seemed to prefer geldings, no idea why. I ride geldings more than mares, I've only been on one or two mares.
        10-23-2013, 10:56 AM
    All my geldings are proud cut so I assume that's why I like them. A little spunk, but not moody like most mare's.
        10-23-2013, 11:27 AM
    Mares or geldings...depends on the horse.
    NO on stallions
        10-23-2013, 11:31 AM
    I've only ever owned mares (not purposefully), and to me a good mare is worth her weight in gold and then some. My mare Chica was awful the first few years I had her, but once we worked out our issues, she became a rock star. She gives me everything she has every ride and, while we still have a bad day every now and then (I attribute it to her redhead ways :)), she is so reliable that it is like a breath of fresh air when I go from riding horses I'm training to working with her. I've met some awesome geldings too, and I've met some mares that I just did not get along with, but I think I'm a mare person. I think it's like human women- some you meet and click with instantly, some you just can't stand and never will!
        10-23-2013, 11:46 AM
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    Can we really have 3 genders?
    Well I was referring to geldings, stallions and mares. If you want to be technical and argue that geldings and stallions are one gender aka male, go ahead but I cba being smart, I'm on holiday :p
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        10-23-2013, 11:59 AM
    Originally Posted by paintgirl96    
    All my geldings are proud cut so I assume that's why I like them. A little spunk, but not moody like most mare's.

    What? How did that happen
        10-23-2013, 03:35 PM
    Chiming in again, IMO, studs have NO place outside a reputable breeder's barn. They should not be kept unless they are incredible, proven show athletes there to improve upon the breed . Anything less han perfect around here will get cut.

    I get along quite well with the stud horse at work, Joey. But he's very gentle. He's been a show horse his whole life and knows we don't take that studly crap.

    We also have a stud colt who is just weaned. I am getting him halter broke and all that now. He's kind of a jerk so if that doesn't get reined in soon, he's not going to remain a stud.

    Anyway, a general term I find to be true is that mares, when they truly find a job they want to do, they will outwork your very best gelding every time. If they don't want to be there? They will be nightmares.

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