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  • Could it be bad having a gelding next to horses in season
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    06-20-2012, 10:27 AM
  #11
Foal
My gelding is a diva for sure. My horses switched roles.
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    06-20-2012, 10:51 AM
  #12
Foal
I love my mare, she does get a little moody now & then but it does not affect or change her ridability. I just notice that she might be a tad cinchy at that time, or a little more clingy. The worst horse I ever had was a gelding, total knot head. Like others have said, it's not the gender, it's the horse....good and bad in both.
     
    06-20-2012, 10:59 AM
  #13
Foal
All my riding horses are mares and I love them! I too think they are smarter. I'd heard that geldings are the same every day which is BS! Every horse can have a bad day! I have seen mares with heat issues but mine are fine in or out of heat. They might be a tad more sensitive when in heat. I have friends who swear by mare magic to fix that. I haven't had the need and wouldn't have my mares be geldings for anything ;o)...
     
    06-20-2012, 12:06 PM
  #14
Foal
I love my mare to death and after my experiences with geldings would never choose to own anything but a mare, or maybe a sweet stallion. My mare is brilliant, remembers things, and tries her hardest at everything. The only problem when she's in heat is she is either more lovey or ignores me to go flirt with geldings in the pasture. All the geldings I've been around are either bratty, seam stupid, or have tried to kill me with pure hatred in their eyes. The one bad stallion-out of three so it's not much to go off-was just 2 and crazy from testosterone and an owner who didn't work with him regularly.
     
    06-20-2012, 12:25 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I have an 18 yr old mare that has had 10 foals (all bred before I owned her) and I can't even tell when she's in season. Honestly. I think she's happy not to be pregnant for once!

The only time I could tell she was in season was when she shared a trailer with a gelding she just met. She thought he was cute. Other than that, I swear I can't even tell when she's in season, much less worry about her being moody or irritable. She is awesome! I really lucked out. She was pregnant when I bought her (which I didn't know) so for all I knew she could have been a real hussy. I was just blessed with a horse that was meant for me.

Geldings are great too. One of the ones I have right now is quite simply the best horse I have ever owned.

Now I have seen mares that were real hussies, squealing and kicking at other horses and acting like they are in season constantly. I would sure rather not have one like that. I have a name for them, but is probably not appropriate for this forum. Let's just say they are real dogs!

But a good mare is as good as any gelding. Some might say better. I can't really say because I've owned more geldings than mares so I am rather partial to geldings. But I wouldn't hesitate to own another mare if I thought she was a good one!
     
    06-20-2012, 12:37 PM
  #16
Foal
Yeah mares are great! But only if it is the right mare. I have never ridden a mare in my entire life. All geldings. I may get a mare for my first horse. I do not know, but this is a life decision for me. First horse, I want it to click. Sorry I got off topic!
     
    06-20-2012, 12:49 PM
  #17
Weanling
Geldings are for riding, mares should be kept barefoot and pregnant.. Oh wait did I say that out loud?? Mares just require a little more attention, keep an eye on them esp aroud heat time. I know a few trail guides that no longer allow mares, kinda stupid. Almost all bad behavior can be trained out, and I have been around some awesome mares.. but then I have been around some real witches.. when I was a kid, I was in 4h with out racehorse broodmare. I won several times with her, she was great. Then we had a TB mare recently that wasn't worth the lead to cast the bullet to shoot her.. been around fewer reallly bad geldings, but they are around..
     
    06-20-2012, 12:54 PM
  #18
Foal
I prefer them actually. I think they tend to get the moody sticker due to being female. I wouldn't buy a horse with a bad attitude of any sex, and they exist across the board. My first gelding was better than my second, but neither had the personality, heart, or wow that my mares have. Both my mares have been complete divas, not brats. They really shine and have that -look at me- factor in the pen. Never kept either of them on supplements (mare magic, regumate etc). I also like the multi-use factor. If a gelding gets permenantly injured, it has no secondary use. If you get a nice mare who can't continue a career, you can breed her pending she's quality enough. I wouldn't buy one that wasn't nice enough to go to the breeding shed if something happened. Much better investment wise too.
     
    06-20-2012, 01:20 PM
  #19
Foal
I have 4 mares that I ride and most of the time I can never tell when they are in heat. I did own a mare once who was bad to squeal and squirt all the time. She was a bit testy too but nothing major. She was my worst experience. All the rest of my mares are good using horses regardless of whether they are in heat or not. Amazes me someone would ban mares! I have to say, I wouldn't give them my business.. I guess if you get a bad one, it could be very bad..lol.. So can a gelding though. I'll stick with my mares.
     
    06-20-2012, 01:47 PM
  #20
Weanling
My mare is the best on trails and is great on the ground, but she gets pouty and uncooperative if we're doing something she's not interested in. She throws little hissy fits that has my daughter afraid to ride her. My gelding goes where he's pointed and is the same every ride. My mare has attitude my geldings don't seem to have.........so far......
     

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