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  • Are mares more jumpy than gelding?

 
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    04-07-2011, 03:09 AM
  #11
Yearling
I have had both, there have been way more mares in my family (until recently I was the only one that'd ever had a gelding). Personally I shop for a horse not a gender. I love both.

That said I am always amazed at the mare bashing, I have found geldings to be waaay more hormonal! I've had a few mares that were more 'witchy' wouldn't say that's the norm, but more so then geldings, I'm assuming by 'mareish' people are refering to how they act in heat, well very few of the mares I've owned even showed signs when they were in heat, a few would flirt w/ the geldings (but were no different when riding), one tending to be more jumpy when she was in heat. And I had a pony mare that always squealed when she came nose to nose w/ another horse, of any gender whether she was in heat or not. I've had my mare squirt in front of the geldings, she's not misbehaving, or being 'mareish' she's just following instints, and as best I can remember she's the only one I've ever had do it with a rider.

The geldings on the other hand! Throw a mare in between them and they completely lose their minds!

We recently sent our three geldings (one my dad's and two mine) to a trainer for a tune up, picked the first one up Monday and I was suprised to hear him say the same thing about geldings (there was an incident w/ one of ours and another gelding trying to get into a fight across the round pen, our boy got his butt worked off for it). He said the number one thing he gets is older hormonal geldings that people end up getting because everyone says get an older gelding, they're calmer and more willing!

That said if you feel you get along better with geldings then pass on the mare and go look at some geldings.
     
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    04-07-2011, 03:57 AM
  #12
Green Broke
Well at first whenever I horse shop I automatically ex mares right out of the picture. I honestly don't have a real reason that I am so biased on mares because I have ridden one good mare, I've just mostly been tought on geldings and got along with geldings. I did go see an app gelding last sunday for $1800. He was out of shape. Somewhat skinny but otherwise dead quiet with alot of get up and go when asked for it which is what I want and what im looking for in a horse. That being said my grandfathers friend mentioned that one of his very good friends was trying to give him a 15 yr old reg Qh mare and this is where I came into play and I am going to see her sunday. I mean I guess I can't be TOTALLY biased on mares just because there just that. Because I know some mares can be marish and some act jsut the same as geldings so I know it varies from mare to mare but I guess all I can do is go see her sunday and see how things pan out and if we get along.
     
    04-08-2011, 01:22 AM
  #13
Foal
I have a mare and a gelding. And I get along with them great, they are both saints, and take care of me especially when I can't take care of myself lol. My mare isn't mareish at all, she's like, genderless, I havent had any problems with her and my gelding is basically, genderless as well. I just think it has to do with personality/temperment since i've met crazy mares, that disrespect you in every way possible, and geldings just as bad, maybe even worse! And, stallions that are the quietest things you've ever met. Gender really doesn't matter. So go and check that mare out you never know 'em until you meet 'em! :)
     
    04-08-2011, 01:43 AM
  #14
Showing
I've ridden plenty of each gender and, while I generally prefer geldings, I wouldn't turn down a mare if she was nice and fit the bill for what I was looking for. I've never had a bad experience with mares (though I have ridden some horribly moody ones), I just seem to click better with geldings, or even stallions, than I do mares. Nothing at all wrong with it, but don't limit yourself when horse shopping to only one gender because you might miss your perfect match.
     
    04-08-2011, 02:30 AM
  #15
Foal
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I have a mare and a gelding. And I get along with them great, they are both saints, and take care of me especially when I can't take care of myself lol. My mare isn't mareish at all, she's like, genderless, I havent had any problems with her and my gelding is basically, genderless as well. I just think it has to do with personality/temperment since i've met crazy mares, that disrespect you in every way possible, and geldings just as bad, maybe even worse! And, stallions that are the quietest things you've ever met. Gender really doesn't matter. So go and check that mare out you never know 'em until you meet 'em! :)
100% same here! Haha
     
    04-10-2011, 06:21 PM
  #16
Foal
Every horse is different! I don't understand the gender bias. I recently got a job at an Arabian training facility (43 horses) and every horse has it's own personality and temperment. Three stallions, and one of them is very sweet, you would never guess he was a stallion. Rode him the other day and he was great! The other two like to strut a bit while you handle them, and try to nip. Then, there's one horse that's just a total pain, constantly trying to bite and threatening to kick-he's a gelding! But many of the other geldings are sweet and lovey. And the craziest horse in the barn is a mare, but other than that one mare all the girls seem very obedient.. I just don't think you can lump all mares into one group and geldings in another as far as personality. Same with breeds! It's a pet peeve of mine when people try to say all QHs are calm, all arabs are high strung, etc.
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    04-10-2011, 06:42 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Every horse is different! I don't understand the gender bias. I recently got a job at an Arabian training facility (43 horses) and every horse has it's own personality and temperment. Three stallions, and one of them is very sweet, you would never guess he was a stallion. Rode him the other day and he was great! The other two like to strut a bit while you handle them, and try to nip. Then, there's one horse that's just a total pain, constantly trying to bite and threatening to kick-he's a gelding! But many of the other geldings are sweet and lovey. And the craziest horse in the barn is a mare, but other than that one mare all the girls seem very obedient.. I just don't think you can lump all mares into one group and geldings in another as far as personality. Same with breeds! It's a pet peeve of mine when people try to say all QHs are calm, all arabs are high strung, etc.


Animals are bred for a reason.

It's foolish to say that EVERY _____ is the same. BUT you can say "Terriers tend to be barkers" "Golden retrievers like to swim", etc, etc and be perfectly accurate. Instinct will usually prevail. Arabians are good for stamina, Quarter Horse's are good ranch horses, etc. You can use a horse that's bred for trails and jump it, but are you likely to go to the highest level and beat the horses that were? Probably not.

Same with mares, gelding, stallions. Is EVERY mare a nightmare? No. But many can be bitchy or a hussy while in heat. Is EVERY Stallion rude and horrible? No, some can be very sweet, but some can only be handled by a proffesional. Are gelding always calm and sweet? No, you can have horrid geldings. And so on. But some things are widely reputed to be a specific way for a reason.

Now, let me clarify: I am NOT saying that everyone should be biased against such and such at all. I am just saying that there are just some things to keep in mind when facing a horse.
     
    04-10-2011, 06:56 PM
  #18
Foal
I completely agree as far as being bred for something. But saying arabians have great stamina in general is different from saying that they tend to be hyper and crazy. Saying quarter horses tend to excel in barrel racing is quite different than saying they're all calm and good for beginners. Do you know what I mean?
And as far as mares/geldings/stallions.. The key words are that they "can be." I don't think mares TEND to be mareish, it just depends on each individual mare. With stallions, too, I think every horse is different. Depending on the individual horses personality and also how they're raised. Some aren't raised to be respectful of humans so they're rude and hard to handle. At the same time, I'm sure there are plenty of studs that are raised to have good manners that are still rude. (same goes for mares and geldings!)

I just think it would be ridiculous for a new horse person to be looking at horses and find a mare that sounds great, but they decide not to look at or maybe purchase the mare just because "most mares are mareish" because I don't think that's true. (of course you could plug in different words to make it a different situation but I think you get my point)
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    04-10-2011, 07:01 PM
  #19
Yearling
I totally agree with you there! I just feel that it's ridiculous to be like: "Oh, let's get a stallion for our six year old daughter! It will be just like Black Beauty!" or "Look at that 11 hh pony, let's put our six year old son on him and have him jump five foot fences!" lol lol. I don't think many peole are THAT crazy though...hopefully. XD
     
    04-10-2011, 07:08 PM
  #20
Foal
Oh, definitely. I think there unfortunately are many peopl who ARE that crazy though, just slightly tweaked situations! "let's go buy that SO CUTE green broke gelding for our 16 year old daughter with no horse experience!" or "we should buy a young horse for our 10 year old son so they can grow up together!" ugh.
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