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    View Poll Results: Mare or gelding
    Never had an issue with your mare 29 69.05%
    Had big issue with your mare because of hormones 3 7.14%
    Only had issues with your mare during "her time" 7 16.67%
    Never a mare again, geldings only 3 7.14%
    Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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        12-11-2009, 10:18 PM
    Mares, hmmm

    I am on the hunt for a new trail horse.

    I was pretty much only considering geldings to avoid any mareish issues that might come up.

    But, I might be limiting some very good prospects.

    If I can get the poll to work, I would like your opinions on mares vs. geldings.

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        12-11-2009, 10:22 PM
    Green Broke
    I have a mare, I LOVE her, I learned to ride on a mare, when I was 6...she had no mare-ish isues. I understand if you prefer geldings, but I wouldnt turn down a good horse, even if it was a stud...a good horse is a horse. No matter what sex. :)
        12-11-2009, 10:27 PM
    All horses sometimes have issues, and yourr poll doesnt have very good choices. I agree with ridergirl, minus the stud part,lol.
        12-11-2009, 10:30 PM
    Originally Posted by thunderhooves    
    All horses sometimes have issues, and yourr poll doesnt have very good choices. I agree with ridergirl, minus the stud part,lol.
    My choices were exactly what I want to know.
        12-11-2009, 10:37 PM
    I tend to believe people will blame their horse's behavior on being a "moody mare" or "shes in heat" to avoid admitting that their horse has problems.
    So iv never noticed a difference with riding my mares VS geldings.
        12-11-2009, 10:42 PM
    Originally Posted by Horsegma    
    My choices were exactly what I want to know.
    But none were what I would answer with. A good horse is a good horse, and every horse(and human) have off days. It really depends on the mare. Some are known(on their "days") to be horrible, some like everything is normal(no grouchiness)
    Really, if you see a good mare or gelding(sometimes stud), and you try them out and like them, then go for it. Like I said, they will have their off days.
    :) And Good Luck! :)
        12-11-2009, 10:51 PM
    I think its hard when you limit yourself to a certian sex but I know how that mindset happens. But I think that if you try to look at a bunch of different horses no matter what sex you may end up finding a great gelding or mare. Try to keep the best open mind that you can. I think for everyone who loves mares there is someone who doesn't want a mare. That goes for geldings as well. A great horse is a great horse no matter what it is. Good luck!
        12-11-2009, 11:36 PM
    I've never had a mare myself. The three horses I've had have all been geldings. I dunno I just tend to click with the boys better. I've known a lot of cranky mares and love my mom's cranky old mare. I wouldn't ever limit myself to one sex of horse though. My next horse I'm planning on a Warmblood mare (so I can breed my own warmbloods instead of paying 10k+ for each one).
        12-12-2009, 12:14 AM
    I never had a issue with my mare, she acted like a gelding I could never even tell when she was in heat, and she was penned wiht a gelding. Don't just count a mare out because one person said "o my mare is pissy, or my mare did this or that bla bla bla" not all mares are like that, most arent. My mom never wanted me to get a mare because she just heard "stories" on how they were. I got my mare duchess (well sold her now because she was green broke), and now my mom loves mares. Don't let one persons "storie" ruin mares for you.
        12-12-2009, 01:54 AM
    My dad currently has a mare, whom is head shy and does have alot of issues, not on her mareish day's
    She has no respect for alot of people, and wasnt in my opinion broke properly, I honestly don't like her *Pepper* ( we will be re-training her, she is only 3, 'broken in' at 2
    But I have gotten myself a project mare, so I hope that will go well.
    I have had a mare before as a lesson horse, who we had our days lol! But I absolutely loved her.

    I think it really does depend on their personal personality.

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