Horses I know need good first impressions. Are there things you do with horses right when you first meet them? From what I've heard, mares tend to be stand-off-ish when you first meet them. Does anyone else find this true? How do you deal with that? Regardless of it being a gelding or mare, what are some things that should be immediate red flags for me when I go to look at her, personality wise? Does anyone know the whole "swirls/whorls" idea, about where they are placed reflects their personality? What can I look for? Anything I should be prepared for?
(I understand that mares are also horses, just as geldings are. I'm just curious to know what mare owners have to say about them. I've had two mares at my place ever. Both of them were fairly nasty. I know there are good mares out there... I have yet to own one though!)