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    05-29-2008, 04:43 PM
Mares or geldings

Yes yes I know we have this discussion way to many times, what are your views on the matter, your experiences, what you found was easiest and best to have?

I am looking at buying a third horse and I cannot make up my mind as to which gender.
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    05-29-2008, 05:07 PM
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Because you have geldings, I would say buy a gelding (IF you keep them at your house). I have 4 geldings and 2 mares. The pony is kept seperately because she's really nasty to the other horses, but my normally sweet boys turn into total morons every time Beauty go's into heat, and shes' a good mare, she's not nasty at all, but I always get mad at her because she's the reason my boys are being so bad! Throwing a mare into the mix changes things. If you board, then it doesnt matter as much as long as you don't get a witchy mare... my opinion....
    05-29-2008, 05:34 PM
Gelding, 100% gelding. If you buy a mare you have to deal (in some cases, not all, have ridden a mare that goes into a heat and never shows, while another at the stable, you definitely know she's in heat. They will flirt with geldings, this mare that you definitely know she's in heat, flirted with the gelding she was tied next to, and he just gave her a 'And you want me to do something about it? How may I ask?' look). If you don't plan on breeding, a gelding is the way to go. Not only do you not have to worry ever about a stud getting out because the person who owned him said that was the first time he ever got out :roll: ......... And you don't have to deal with the whole heat issue. Like I said, there are mares out there, that despite the fact they go into heat, you never know.
    05-29-2008, 06:29 PM
I was just concidering the same thing....... I found a cute mare at a rescue near me... I don't know if I want that. I am thinking of just keeping geldings so as to not have any problems. The only mare that I have had any experience with is supposedly a nice one yet she is a biatch to the other horses. Chewing tails off and biting and then when in season... just forget about her being nice to anyone. I know there are a lot of really good ones out there but I can't help but wonder if it would just bring trouble to the homestead.
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    05-29-2008, 06:39 PM
I really appreciate it guys. I am really thinking about things I hadnt considered or thought of in depth before. I currently have both a mare and a gelding. The mare I have is going to be a re-sale that is why I have to choose the horse carefully.
    05-30-2008, 12:31 AM
I guess we're just lucky...we have 3 Paint mares and they are never a problem.
    05-30-2008, 09:12 AM
We have both a mare and a gelding here. My mare is a little grumpy (as in puts ears back and walks away) but never goes any further than that with me. She can be quite nasty to the gelding she is yarded with and she hates little kids running around her legs (she kicked my 5yo brother a few years ago But to ride and work with, she tries really hard and is quite a sensible horse overall. Geldings are perhaps a bit nicer to other horses and less grumpy, but mares make good horses too. It depends on what you like.
    05-30-2008, 09:21 AM
We only have mares. I haven't had a gelding since I was a kid and he was a pain. Could have been user error though
I agree its easier to keep the girls with the girls and boys with the boys. Fewer injuries and imo it keeps the herd dynamics less dramatic.
    05-30-2008, 10:01 AM
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I will add that I have 2 friends that ONLY ride mares. They say when you get a good mare, its much more loving and caring then any gelding, I mean, that is their opinion, but I will say that they really do LOVE their mares and they never shop for geldings.
    05-30-2008, 01:13 PM
I had a morab mare for 14 years. I got her when she was 15 mo. Old, and she wasn't even halter broke. She turned into a great riding horse, but her marish behavior was really frustrating sometimes. She was always aloof, and could be very moody when she was in heat. I think some of it went back to her lack of human interaction when she was young, but a lot of it was also just the hormones. Last year I finally sold her (to someone I know, and they take great care of her), and life has been peaceful!
My current horse is a Friesian cross gelding. He's almost 3, and I've had him since he was 4 mo. Old. He is just the exact opposite of my mare. He gallops to me from out in the pastures everytime I arrive at the barn, he'd rather be with people than the other horses (although he likes them too), and he's just been such a joy to train. One difference between Cody and my mare is that Cody was imprinted as a newborn and interacted with humans every day. However, he's also not dealing with the extremes in hormones--it's so nice to not have to worry about him going into heat
I know some people who swear by their mares, and I'm glad they've had good experiences. For me, I wouldn't buy another filly unless I thought there was something pretty exceptional in its temperament. JMO though :)

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