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post #1 of 29 Old 06-18-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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What about mares?

I currently own two geldings, they are my first two horses and it was just luck of the draw that they were geldings. The barn I board at has aproximetly 20 head of horses being boarded and only 4 of those are mares. What is up with that? Mares are great, I would love to have a mare, I know that they can be moody and some have really bad heats, but what's the deal? Any opinions welcomed!
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post #2 of 29 Old 06-18-2012, 09:25 PM
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I like mares myself, I think they are more sensitive, they remember things on a trail that sometimes, my gelding has passed by many times and hasn't noticed, are caring, loving, and all the good things. I have 3 mares and one gelding and have had NO trouble out of any of them.
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post #3 of 29 Old 06-18-2012, 09:29 PM
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It just depends on the horse, I think. Several of the very best, kindest, most bombproof horses I know are mares. The horse I'm leasing now is a mare and I've never had any problems out of her. I don't think she even knows how to pin her ears
Then again, I've known a mare who would do nothing but gallop when you rode her every time she went into heat and another who won't let other horses within ten feet of her without kicking.
It just depends on the horse :)
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The right mare is a true gem. My lease horse was a mare, and the horse I recently purchased also a mare. I was hoping for a gelding, but found this mare with an incredible personality and will to work. She remembers everything, so I have to be careful what I do every time I ride, but she's amazing.

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I love my mares. I feel safer around them than I do my mother in law's gelding.

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post #6 of 29 Old 06-20-2012, 10:02 AM
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I got lucky with my mare! Her mood barely changes when she's in season.. She just cares less about me. :P she all about all the gelding around her
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post #7 of 29 Old 06-20-2012, 10:11 AM
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Some people like mares, some prefer geldings, some don't have a preference. A lot of people new to horses end up with geldings because then they don't have to deal with a mare's possible moodiness. Mares can be more sensitive and sometimes this makes them more "touchy." They can also end up pregnant which is a whole 'nother issue. It's just a personal preference one way or the other.

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post #8 of 29 Old 06-20-2012, 10:15 AM
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There's good and bad in both. All depends on their temperament and training over sex in my opinion. I have a mare, she's great, but my lease horse was a gelding and he was just as great.
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post #9 of 29 Old 06-20-2012, 10:19 AM
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The notion that all mares are moody and witchy is still very popular. Personally, I LOVE mares, and would never choose to own anything else. Mine get a little spunkier and more oppinionated when in heat, but I don't mind.

I have seen witchy, miserable mares and unpredictable, diva geldings. My first gelding was crazy, My second really didn't click with me, and the last was also nuts, so I'll stick with my mares.
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post #10 of 29 Old 06-20-2012, 10:20 AM
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I love my mare, but she is a DIVA! But, that's ok we have an understanding as we are both females.
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