Mare or Gelding?

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  • What has a better temperment a mare or a stud
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    12-10-2009, 08:40 PM
Mare or Gelding?

Which do you prefer? And why? I would love to hear opinions and stories on this question.
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    12-10-2009, 08:49 PM
Green Broke
Geldings. You don't have the "It's a mare thing" or "that's just what mares do" excuse. Out of all the horses I've had I've like geldings the best.
    12-10-2009, 09:05 PM
I love mares. And will always have one, I don't like geldings. Mares are normally cleaner in a stall to. And every mare I have ever owned or been around is not pissy. I think alot of it, is a person just happens to be around one mare that acts a little pissy then they just say "o all mare are like that bla bla bla" it aint geldings that make geldings its mare and studs wiht out them you wouldnt have your "precious" geldings. Mares tend to be love bugs more often than geldings (just my observation don't everyone get all pissy on me). I have also been raised (sorta kinda, maybe a little) around the reining world and one of there major things is breeding, my aunt raises rein/cow horses and she loves the mares, if its a boy she sells it right off the bat (she doesnt want to deal with a stud either). So all in all I LOVE THE MARES!!! Woooo, go mares!!!!
    12-10-2009, 09:10 PM
Gelding's,gelding's,gelding's!!!!! I will never own a mare. I see what my friend's and my sister went though with'em and no thanks!!! My sister sold her mare beacuse of the stuff she did whille in heat!! But some are better then other's so I don't speek for all mare's!!
    12-10-2009, 09:15 PM
Geldings all the way! I have my own pissiness to deal with, I don't need a mare to add to that,lol. I've met some great mares, but in my experience, they are pissier much more often then geldings
    12-10-2009, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
I'm more for mares. I actually like willful horses; they test your horsemanship and make riding gelding nothing.
    12-10-2009, 09:31 PM
Wohoo brighteyes!!!!!!!!!!
    12-10-2009, 09:37 PM
Though I wouldn't turn down a good horse of any sex, I prefer geldings. Even though some mares don't act bad when they are in heat, you always have to be uber careful around everyone else just in case some idiot is riding a stud that they can't control. All the mares I have ever ridden, we just didn't click so I really prefer a gelding that is consistent in their moods.

You know the old saying:
"You can tell a gelding and ask a mare. But you must discuss it with a stallion."
    12-10-2009, 10:06 PM
Super Moderator
I love mares. I've met a few geldings that I adore but I ditto what brighteyes said, I like the willfullness mares have. I love how Lacey doesn't just take what I tell her to do and do it, she wants to know why it's a good idea. She forces me to be a better rider because she's not going to obey me if I don't show her that I'm worth obeying.
I also feel like mares get more attached to people. I've certainly met geldings that are deeply attached to their person but there's a certain level of adoration a mare has for her person that I've just never seen from a gelding.
    12-10-2009, 10:10 PM
^ True that. :) Exactly what I would say, except I would make it sound stupid. Mares for me, but I have to admit, I do like all horses. My first horse, and my only horse for now is a mare, and my bond with her is different then any bond I've had with other horses.

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