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post #41 of 45 Old 11-04-2012, 08:13 AM
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I'm with CountryLove. I like a horse based on their individual personality. I don't care if it's a gelding or mare, I've ridden both that were picky and testy or sweet as honey. In all I just want them to have a relatively cool head and some silly/funky side, without bolting or spooking all the time. I'm a scarey cat you see, and don't like it when horses spook too much, they start making me believe that there IS a monster out there .
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post #42 of 45 Old 11-04-2012, 10:08 AM
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...I never would have known it, except for some soiling on her back legs...and that was the ONLY indication she was in season. I think I got incredibly lucky.
That is Mia. I have to lift her tail and look to see if she is in season. Mostly we go on "Don't ask, don't tell". Of course, she meets some of the "Arabian mare" stereotypes on a daily basis...but I don't mind. On a good day, I have 51% of the vote in what we do, but figuring out how to work with that - and not drop below 50% - is what got me interested in riding.

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post #43 of 45 Old 11-04-2012, 10:22 AM
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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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post #44 of 45 Old 11-04-2012, 11:19 AM
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I find mares more interesting and fun to ride. Give me a gelding with some spunk and yeah, Im sure Il like him as much as I like mares with spunk, the only thing is most geldings (not all, just like, 90% of them) I've met are either indifferent in their attitude or a pain in the butt. Its not the sex that makes the horse a better ride, its the attitude and I just prefere spunk and spark to a 'yeah, whatever, if you insist' attitide; just so happens more mares fall into the 'spunk and spark' categorie!

And back to the origional point: When I was younger there was a lad in my lesson who prefered mares (if I remember right). My best mate's younger brother rode for a few years and he loved Fudge (a gelding). I, female, generally prefere mares, however my best mate (also a girl) has had both mares and geldings as favorite horses. But most of my mates favorite horses havent been exactly to my taste. I put it down to personality match more than anything else.

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post #45 of 45 Old 11-04-2012, 04:00 PM
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When I first landed in Ireland I was amazed by the amount of people who had something against chesnut mares in particular - they called them red headed witches and said their colour matched their personality - fiery. Of course theres no truth in it, a horse's personality/temperment wont be down to their colour, but it's an opinion and I leave them to it.

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I've had 4 chestnut mares in a row!
-Indi, the best horse I've ever had, heart of gold.
-Tilly, nutcase. I never clicked with that horse.
-Red Kite, can be a diva but pretty loving too
-Velvet, loving and sweet, does need a little focus though hehe!

3 out of 4 of those are tbs too haha!
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