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    11-04-2012, 01:22 AM
Oh mare ears! I call this "The Many Faces of Gracie," although she has many more. =P

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    11-04-2012, 01:26 AM
My first horse was a gelding. My newest adoption is a mare. I have ridden many many horse of both sexes. I don't have a personal preference. It all depends on the individual horse.

What's interesting is where I am from the argument is not sex based but breed based. I have an Arab, my room mate has an OTTB. We live in cow country, home of the QH. I constantly have to defend my love of Arabs. They are not flighty, crazy, hot, unpredictable, blah blah blah... She is smart, too smart and sensitive but she is nothing like the stereotype

Forget what other people think, take it as a grain of salt
    11-04-2012, 01:38 AM
It definitely not a guy thing, I know plenty of men who love mares and plenty of women who love gelding. Personally, I love all horses but prefer to own geldings but if I find a good mare I likely will buy her.

Why do I prefer geldings? It's the whole **** cycle thing. For one, I prefer knowing each and every day what I'll get when I walk up to my horse. Second, I already have to put up with the whole cycle thing at home and don't wont to put up with it at the barn. Sorry gals but it really does get annoying but we love you anyway.
    11-04-2012, 01:39 AM
I think its what everyone prefers is different. The first horse I fell in love with and still am is a mare. And a complete witch.but I feel like I get along with her better.she also I guess you can say understands me better(i think that's what it is)does she refuse me when she thinks she is done? Yes. Does she try to run me over? Yes. Does she threaten to dump me and I am still just a beginner when it comes to riding? Yes. But she is alos the only horse out of seven who nickers when she sees me.the only horses who will let me play with her.it all depends on the person and the horse.some mares are great.they never act mareish.others like modello are complete witches.some geldings are very sweet and friendly.others are complete pains.
Sorrelhorse modello does the exact same to the geldings its hilarious!
    11-04-2012, 03:31 AM
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We have both mares and geldings. I prefer mares because I feel a better connection with them. I've never had a problem with them being "mare"-ish. Even with mares that weren't ours but were suppose to be real witchy. Granted that I didn't ride those but I did have to handle them. The only problem I did have was that they didn't have respect. Once they learned that, no more issues.
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    11-04-2012, 04:30 AM
I've never owned a mare, but I do now. I was totally amazed when she came into season from the move to our place and I never would have known it, except for some soiling on her back legs! She stood very quietly while I cleaned her up and that was the ONLY indication she was in season. I think I got incredibly lucky.
    11-04-2012, 05:04 AM
Originally Posted by TheAQHAGirl    

When I bought my horse Faith, her breeder, Joe Goodenow, was a total mare lover. He said he preferred mares over geldings because they cared more and they would try harder.
I got that lol.. Both my horses were showjumpers and also both tb's. One mare, one gelding... That mare of mine, oh boy could she go, you would get into the showjumping ring and just absolutely fly through everything, you say speed round she says how fast kinda thing, she would just absolutely go for gold... My gelding... schooling at home he's a little speed demon when the heights get bigger, but as soon as you get into a ring, sure he'll jump everything, but it's gotta be at his own pace, no amount of leg, spurs, whip, nothing will get him going faster... We go into a speed round looking like a show hunter pair

(I saw "were" showjumpers, because my mare passed away a year and a half ago at 25years). Even at that age she still went for gold.. My gelding is 9, and a very very good ex-racer... and just doesnt try lol.

That being said I still don't really have a preference, even though mums skitzo mare broke my foot in 3 places 2 weeks ago
    11-04-2012, 07:03 AM
I've been riding Bonnie for ~ 1 1/2 years now and see no difference in her due to her sex. She can be a tough horse if you let her get away with it but that has nothing to do with her being a mare. I've owned a LOT of horses over the past 30+ years and only a rare horse has been traded or sold due to being "mareish", most have been equal in disposition to geldings. I currently have 2 mares.

This is Bonnie 2 weeks ago while on a trail ride at Clemson. I trust her completely and as you can see, she rides only in a bosal. (Kevin, that's the saddle you had made for me 2 years ago)

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    11-04-2012, 08:09 AM
It's not MEN who hate mares, it's little boys who think their machismo might be bruised if they ride a mare.

And please, let's not get into the old argument of geldings versus mares, shall we? It's a stupid argument, and is based on nothing more than personal preference.
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    11-04-2012, 09:08 AM
Nope, my man and I both ADORE our mares :3 I think he'd be pretty **** mad if I ever did anything to his little pintaloosa (Was supposed to be mine, but the two of them kind of snuck off together behind my back! Gah! ), he adores that lil rescue filly.
Picture is a few months old when she was skinnier, too skinny to "work" so we took her on walks with us and Indie instead :) Him and his girl both enjoyed it, he's always so proud of her.
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