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        07-01-2013, 09:32 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I like this one.
         
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        07-02-2013, 06:10 AM
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    Yearling
    That is a nice one, aside from the fact that its a mare.
    If it was a gelding, I would really consider it :)
         
        07-02-2013, 09:04 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I love my mares. If they are well trained, they act the same every day. And you don't have the task of cleaning their sheath. That is a major bonus.
         
        07-02-2013, 09:23 AM
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    The mare that Celeste linked looks to be stunning. I would definitely be going to look at her.

    I don't like geldings because I don't believe that the majority of them give me 110%, like my mare. While I was looking for a horse though, I was more than open to geldings and mares, to see the individual horse.

    Oh, and I'd much rather have a "fight" with my mare than a gelding, the geldings have always gone stupid trying to fight and putting themselves in dangerous positions, all the mares I know may fight a little harder, but they generally keep their body safe. In my experience anyway.
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        07-02-2013, 10:34 AM
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    Odd that you should say that. I have always found the opposite, even with stallions. My boys always took care of Mum in a situation, where the mares tended to look after themselves and if possible, run home. I guess though, it is always the individual.

    Lizzie
         
        07-02-2013, 02:20 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I have to agree with lizzie. I have had such bad experiences with mares in the past, that I'v been put off!
    For example, I had a mare who was really really sour, and mareish. I went into her stable one day, and for no reason that I could see, she whipped her backside round towards me, and gave me a solid kick in the leg. I was very lucky that she didn't have hind shoes on, but all the same it hurt.
    There wasn't just the one either. Several of them, I have had close encounters with, and that really put me off.
    I just don't want that again, nor do I want to waste petrol and time trekking up and down the country looking at sour mares.
    I'm not saying, if I get a gelding that it will be guaranteed to have a perfect temperment, but with me, they have a better track record!
         
        07-02-2013, 04:37 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Dont you just love looking for a horse then catching a bunch of flak from people that want to argue with you about your choices ?
    I posted a pretty specific WTB add on an Arabian group, only to be inundated in the same manner.
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        07-02-2013, 05:33 PM
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    I just want to point out that I wasn't "giving her hell" (can't find a different phrase at the moment) about not wanting a mare. But, I might look at one or two really nice looking ones if I'd been actively searching and only looking at geldings for months.

    Just wanted to clarify that I onyly suggested taking a look at some (especially that one, I would if I had the time and she were closer!) mares because it's the individual horse. I know the only way I can tell if my mare is in heat is because she's slightly lazier, which is nice sometimes.
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        07-03-2013, 04:05 AM
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    Yearling
    @Joe4d
    They aren't 'giving me a bunch of flak' actually. All who have posted have been extremely helpful.
    I actually rang up about the mare yesterday night, after posting, just to see what she was like. The man says he has a lot of people coming to see her, but if none of them are interested he will call me back. :)
    Also, Isuel, you weren't giving me hell at all! You made some good points that got me thinking!
         
        07-06-2013, 05:10 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    *sigh*
    I love this lot:
    Smart 15.1 full bred connie 5 years old For Sale in Kilkenny - DoneDeal.ie

    Good looking 15 hand 5 year gelding For Sale in Kilkenny - DoneDeal.ie

    Quality Half bred connie 15.1h 5 yrs For Sale in Kilkenny - DoneDeal.ie


    They are all in the same place. All are being readvertised, because of their price. I rang up a while ago, to ask the price when they were first advertised. They cost.... A painful 4000 euros each. My budget is 2500.
    Ouch.

    Anyway, today I'm going to see the flashy show cob, in the place I got candy from. The owner actually has two of them. Both 5 year olds, 15.2hh, and light weight (good... I don't want a heavy weight!)
    Wish me luck, and I'll let you know how I get on ;)
         

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