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  • What is better to have, 2 mares and 1 gelding or 3 mares
  • I have 3 geldings and am considering a mare

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    06-20-2012, 02:08 PM
  #21
Weanling
Mares might be moody, but geldings are mischievious that's what I always say.

I have two mares one you can't tell if she is in heat, the other you could when she first got here, she squirted at anything even the fence post lol now she is better, I think she was just nervous in her new home. I have two geldings man can they firgure out how to get into trouble, always sticking their noses into what they don't need to.

I know people won't agree but all of the mares I've rode if there is something that they don't like they perk up all alert, my gelding he takes off, although at 5 he is finally getting better, although if someone who was not experienced was on him I think he would take off.

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    06-20-2012, 02:41 PM
  #22
Foal
My first two horses were geldings, I loved them! They were smart but kinda goofy at the same time. I swore I would only ever have geldings, but things don't always go as planned!

I love my mare, she is so sensitive, quick, complicated, loyal and puts her heart into things. Great trail horse, and much braver then my geldings!
     
    06-20-2012, 02:50 PM
  #23
Yearling
I have to agree, my friends stable has 4-5 mares and 16 geldings. I've boarded at places where it was 3 mares to 6 geldings and 16 mares and 23 geldings. I've owned 8 geldings and I have 3 right now. I wouldnt mind a mare but the most I've met are very moody. But if I find one that isnt and would work with my group I would probley get her if she matched me and my boys.
     
    06-20-2012, 02:56 PM
  #24
Yearling
I have mostly mares. At this point in time I own 3 mares, a 2 month old colt, and a gelding. My mares are very good about not showing much in their heat cycles, even in a herd together.

Now. I have seen some RANK mares during their cycles. Oh my gosh. A mare that has a bad heat is something to stay away from. But in general, I don't understand the aversion some people have to mares.

Plus, if you want to go beyond the temperament part of the equation, a mare is worth more financially than a gelding. If a gelding is injured and can no longer be ridden, he is basically done as anything but a pasture puff. A mare can still be bred if desired, so a lot of people prefer, even refuse to buy a gelding!

In my opinion, if the horse fits (aside from stallions), then it doesn't matter to me if it is a mare or gelding!
     
    06-20-2012, 08:40 PM
  #25
Yearling
I tend to prefer geldings, though that's just a personal preference and you're going to find rotten apples among stallions, mares, and geldings.

I don't get why people say that geldings don't have as much personality as mares, or are "boring", or the other stereotypes they seem to get stuck with.

In my personal experience, mares do tend to be just a tad more moody on the whole than geldings. But nothing bad, definitely nothing to stop anyone from considering a mare.

I have two horses so far that really stick out to me as the best I've ridden so far. One, a lesson horse I rode a lot and really clicked with, was a mare. My current lease horse is a gelding. Both have a lot of personality but to me the gelding is more of a "mare" than the mare if that makes sense lol!

So pick whichever horse you like the best, regardless of gender!
     
    06-20-2012, 09:47 PM
  #26
Weanling
I own a gelding, and have ridden mainly geldings my whole life. I haven't had a good experience with a mare yet. Geldings in my opinion are just more even tempered. But i'm sure there is an exception to every rule.
     
    06-21-2012, 12:04 AM
  #27
Foal
I'm in LOve with my mare!
     
    06-21-2012, 11:24 AM
  #28
Green Broke
My gelding is the "Diva" type, but my mare is actually really good even when she is in heat. Granted I can't ride her, but she does seem to have a pretty even lovey temperment.
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    06-21-2012, 05:01 PM
  #29
Weanling
I always say all my horses are for sale and geldings are the cheepest if I have them.
I don't like geldings, If they break down or something goes wrong they are worthless. If you buy a well bred mare you always have broodmare to fall back on. Mares can be moody but if they are good trained they shouldnt show it under saddle.
I personaly would rather have a stallion then a gelding. I have ridden both and like stallions better. ( I do have the facility for stallions and do know when im doing with them)
     

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