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        12-18-2010, 02:50 PM
    I would totaly go with a gelding unless you are wanting to have a foal.
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        12-18-2010, 07:19 PM
    I personally prefer mares.
        12-18-2010, 07:41 PM
    On the whole, I've had the best experiences with geldings. Overall, as a gender, they are more reliable. Most mares get sensitive or moody when they're in heat, geldings don't have that and IMO are the most reliable horses.

    I'm not against mares, however....My mares are great and I wouldn't trade them for the world, but they just don't have the emotional stability geldings do.
        12-18-2010, 07:41 PM
    Me I prefer geldings. And that is because I own a mare XD Moodiest mare going!
        12-18-2010, 08:15 PM
    Green Broke
    If I could only choose one gender of horse to own, it would be geldings all the way! I have just had the best luck with them. However, I would choose the best individual over the gender. The one with the best temperment, best training and that is the best fit for you.

    There was a time I thought I would NEVER own another mare, after buying one that was a real, well, fill in the blank!

    But now I own a mare I really love! But still, having to choose between the two, my gelding is a better trail horse. That could also be that he has better training though. Horses are such individuals that it is hard to say how much gender has to do with it, and how much is temperment and training.
        12-18-2010, 08:56 PM
    I have had several mares and was good horses but in general the geldings I have riden they just seemed to be more dependable.I like the idea of a horse being the same all the time andnot having to worry about how she going to act if she's in season.
        12-18-2010, 09:07 PM
    Green Broke
    I prefer mares but geldings are generally easier to train. You can get good mares and bad mares, good mares are sort of rare and better than most geldings, bad mares are more common and worse that most most geldings.

    Is there any reason you don't want your mare?
        12-18-2010, 09:17 PM
    No,I have 3 mares now.just trading one of them for a gelding.
        12-22-2010, 10:59 AM
    Geldings are definitely a lot calmer and have better attitudes and are better around kids most of the time
        12-22-2010, 11:05 AM
    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    Doesn't matter to me the gender, it is more about the personality.
    Perfect post!

    My favorite horse of all times is a gelding. Personally I prefer geldings, no real reason, I just always figured it was enough of a hassle dealing with my own hormones, I did not want to deal with my horse's too.
    My new horse is a mare. She seems to be pretty wonderful too.

    Buy the individual horse, not the gender.

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