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post #1 of 22 Old 07-01-2012, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Mare or Gelding?

I was just wondering which do you guys prefer? And i"m not trying to start a fight because there are pros and cons about both mares and geldings. I've had more luck with geldings and defintly tend to click more with them. just wondering what you guys prefer.
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When I was younger, I prefered geldings because they were level headed and easy to work with.

While training fox hunters and polo ponies, I noticed the fox hunters had an assortment of geldings and mares, while the polo team had strictly mares with only one gelding. I asked why, and they believe that mares were more competitive and had the "get out of the way or I'm gonna slam you" attitude that they needed during polo competitions. I tallyed the way the mares played against the geldings that we had for polo, and it was true. The geldings (one in our team, a couple in some others, some didn't have any at all) had a gentle, easy going nature (and very trustworthy) while the rest of the horses were mares and a lot more competitive in that aggressive sport (though slightly less trustworthy). They'd SLAM into eachother, chase eachother down and put that mare-ish attitude to work. The geldings didn't like to slam, they'd chase with half as much heart, but they did their job well and honestly.

I don't mind either one. I've worked with geldings and mares both equally and found they both had strengths in different areas. Polo obviously isn't the standard for judging gender, but it seemed to be true for the players, anyways.

I've seen some lazy, lazy mares and I've seen some driven geldings, so its not 100% accurate. I think that gender really doesn't matter if you find a horse you click with. If you narrow it down to gender, you might miss out on your perfect horse. I never thought in a million years that I'd end up with a mare. But I did and she's awesome.
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THIS again? We just had a long, drawn out discussion about this no more than a week ago. I really wish people would learn to use the Search function before starting yet another thread.

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THIS again? We just had a long, drawn out discussion about this no more than a week ago. I really wish people would learn to use the Search function before starting yet another thread.
For me the search function doesn't really work like I thought it should. I search for a particular word for the thread title and it doesn't even show up in the list.. it's odd so I don't and can't blame people for not being able to find what they're seeking. Because I run into the same problem


But to make nice on this thread, I love both. My gelding has as much spirit as a mare, and I've met a mellow mare that rode her heart out for me. I adore all genders of horse, but personally haven't met a Stallion.
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I have had experience with riding and handling both mares and geldings plus one stallion. The stallion belonged to a friend who saw me ride another horse before he let me ride his stallion. It was quite the experience being on the back of a stallion, but not of a gender I'd own for myself.

Of the numerous mares and geldings I have handled and rode over the years before I was able to get my own horse/horses I reckon I prefer mares over geldings, but the geldings being a very close second choice. In fact, actually to close to call which is my preference. However, when we moved to our country acreage and I started shopping for a horse of my own I set my spending limit at $1000. All I wanted was a very nice grade(non-papered) gelding. I did keep an open mind to any possible prospects and it served me well. I answered several "For Sale Ads" and looked at a few of the listings. In 1995 one Sale Ad caught my attention. It was on an AQHA 8 year old mare. I figured she'd be priced at more than my $$$limit, but I called about her anyway. I asked all the pertinent questions then gulped and asked the selling price. The seller was asking $1100 I was a bit shell shocked and asked if that was with her papers included. Again I was they were including her registered certificate. My Candandy have been each others since this coming July 7 of 1995.

Along with My Candandy I have owned a TWH gelding and an Appy gelding. Both of those geldings were also once in a lifetime horses. I had the papers on the TWH, but not the Appy gelding. Registered Cetificates do not make a horse any more or less special than a good Grade horse.
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This is of course based on my own personal experiences with the two, and experiences can vary person to person, but I feel like mares are the ones that will give all of their heart and ability into something, and that geldings do something in a more robotic form. I love both, but I have to say I prefer mares (even though I own a big, lovey-dovey gelding lol!)
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Personally, I tend to prefer geldings. They seem to be more consistent and level-headed on a day-to-day basis compared to mares.

However, I have ridden good mares as well and gender isn't really a big deal to me either way.
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I love geldings, because they seem to be more affectionate and consistent in their moods.
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I ride both, with no preference to either. It all depends on the particular horse.

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