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post #1 of 15 Old 04-12-2011, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Mares or geldings?

I've had a gelding and a mare (but the mare died when I was younger, so don't remember much bout her), so I might wanna try a mare, but what is your personal preference? I know it's all opinion, but I'm looking for an every day riding/trail riding horse for myself. Does the gender really matter? Some say it do, but I'm leaning more to "personality counts"..

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post #2 of 15 Old 04-12-2011, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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bump^^

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bump^^^

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post #4 of 15 Old 04-12-2011, 07:10 PM
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I prefer geldings, but its the personality that really counts. If someone really prefers geldings, they must have had geldings with good personalities, or mares with really bad ones.
My personal experience is that geldings aren't as moody. Thats MY personal opinion, maybe I've always just ridden moody mares haha. I generally bond better with a gelding to.
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I am a gelding/stallion person. I have owned/worked with my fair share of mares, and even though they are nice horses with great personalities, I just dont click with them. I also prefer female dogs, and big ol' tom cats, go figure :)
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-12-2011, 08:14 PM
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This is one of my favourite questions!! I am an avid mare lover and can be found screaming their praise on just about every single thread that is made asking the question. In fact, often in the process offending some of the gelding lovers

So I will just say that it depends on the horse and it depends on the person but don't believe the hype that all mares are crazed beasts ravaged by their hormonal cycle as all the mares I have had have been wonderful creatures and I have never had problems.

I thought I would link a couple of the other threads on this topic so you can see some of the past responses which have been excellent:

Are mares really THAT different than geldings?

Mares Or Geldings?????

What is your experience with mares?

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post #7 of 15 Old 04-12-2011, 08:35 PM
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^^^I'm with sarahver! I prefer stallions to either, but not suggesting that by any means!!!! I have only owned a couple of mares over the years that had the "marish" attitude in season. As a breeder I also like that when their career is over they have the option to be a broodmare, provided she is conformationally correct & successful in her discipline.

Even though I vote mare, I do enjoy geldings. We are looking for one for my hubby to trail ride. My daughter's pony is a gelding and he is a total doll.

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Stallion, stronger, faster, smarter ;] I know thats not true but still stallion baby =P
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-14-2011, 08:31 AM
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It does depend on the horse. Mares can be more moody, but geldings, especially younger ones, can be more "playful." I prefer mares, but ours don't have the mood swings. I think it's easier to clean a mare than a gelding(their privates). I can usually connect with a mare easier than a gelding too.

Each has their own pros and cons. You just have to see which is better for you.

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post #10 of 15 Old 04-14-2011, 11:03 AM
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Geldings FTW. I do know a couple mares who I absolutely adore, but for the most part, I've always gotten along better with geldings. In my experience, they're more easygoing and agreeable. Though there are always exceptions, of course.

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