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post #11 of 62 Old 10-27-2009, 10:42 PM
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I prefer mares over geldings. They are moody - that's for sure, but they have lots of personality. Geldings are more on quiet and easy side, but they just don't have those splashes of energy/love/mood the mares have. But there are always exceptions on both sides too - you never know... :)

Good luck with them - you'll have lots of fun!
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post #12 of 62 Old 10-27-2009, 10:50 PM
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i used to hate mares until i learned to understand them. now the moodier and nastier they are, the more i like them. and actually i get along with those ones the best. the "im mad at the world, i hate everything, i even hate myself" mares are my favorite. i bond with those ones reallllly quickly and strongly. mares are more of a "compromise" with a lot of things. but yet in the same breath you cant let them walk all over you or else they can really get out of hand. my mares are SPOILED. ive learned that this is something key to keep in mind with a mare

the happier a mare is- the better she will do for you

i believe the key to mares is keeping them happy. and once they understand that you want them to be happy, they want to make you happy in return. yes they have their days though, especially ones like my mare who have really hard heat cycles. you cant even touch her without her bashing you into the wall and peeing all over.... ugh... but you deal with it, try to ignore it, and go on with your day. and hope it ends soon lol
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post #13 of 62 Old 10-27-2009, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I am contacting the owners this afternoon. Hopefully I'll get some pictures of them, there are also two geldings I can work with aswell.

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post #14 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 08:40 AM
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My trainer has said to me " you tell a gelding, you ask a mare, you talk it over with a stallion" I think in a broad sense this is true. I do adore mares for their seemingly much more complex emotions and mind. However on mare days, I also hate them for these qualities!
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post #15 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 03:27 PM
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If you allow your mares to be moody, ill-mannered bitches then that is what they will be. I can tell you that there is no reason for a mare to act different than a gelding when you are handling them. If you think that kicking and squeeling is acceptable at any time then go ahead and put up with it. I treat my mares and stallions like geldings and that is how they act. If I need to tie a stallion next to a mare and either one of them causes trouble I deal pretty harshly with it. My mares are well-mannered all month long because if they were'nt then they would be spayed and be effectively a gelding. Mares get a bad rap because people think they have to act ill-mannered when they are in heat. It's not true.

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post #16 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 03:55 PM
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I"ve had only mares since I was a kid (I owned one gelding then) I obviously prefer the girls. I've never noticed a difference in their mood or actions during their cycle, except during what I call the "lovey stage". Thats the best time to own a mare. They love you and want to be with you all the time, its great

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post #17 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I've worked with Pumpkin, Chinga and two mini's that were all geldings. So it will be good to try breaking in a mare it will be my first horses I've fully broken in. I cannot see the mares till next week.

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post #18 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 05:41 PM
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I have found that mares are much more independent, amd of course, can be much more moody. They seem to need to be worked more consistantly, especially through their heats. If they keep their weight down and have a schedule, they are less moody. I love working with mares because they seem to bond with one person in general, usually the one that is working with them the most. That is why I love my one mare...she may be a moody b***h in the pasture but she is right down to buisness once I saddle her up. However, that has taken me four plus years to get her to that point.

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post #19 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy View Post
Thanks, I've actually got another question. All post it in here just for keeping the amount of threads down. What would you say the first steps of training would be? I am going with getting them to trust me, with stuff like grooming and just sitting in their paddock then leading.
If you have got to ask should you be training anything??? What chance do the girls have??
I will not own a mare. I find geldings far better. I also will not own a stallion and while I prefer to buy them I cut them the next day.
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post #20 of 62 Old 10-28-2009, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy View Post
Thanks guys, I've worked with Pumpkin, Chinga and two mini's that were all geldings. So it will be good to try breaking in a mare it will be my first horses I've fully broken in. I cannot see the mares till next week.
That's good. Let us know how it all goes. It's a lovely feeling when you have a trained a horse yourself. It gives you alot of experience. Enjoy. = )

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