Mares vs. Geldings - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 31 Old 04-04-2008, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Mares vs. Geldings

What do you think, mares or geldings??? I am going to get a vet check on a Hano mare and I am just wondering what the differences anyone here has experienced with their mare(s) or gelding(s) and what your opinions are! Thanks for your help!


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post #2 of 31 Old 04-04-2008, 08:55 AM
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Im more of a gelding person. I find they are much more forgiving and easier to work with. I tend to make mistakes and its almost like my mares take it to personally. They get ticked off realy easily. But geldings forgive.

Thats just my understand of it.
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post #3 of 31 Old 04-04-2008, 10:34 AM
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Mares are definately more tempermental. There are certain times of the year when you just need to roll your eyes and grumble about being in heat (haha, just like us, right? ).... but a good mare is worth her weight in gold! There are people in the upper level competitions that swear by mares. Apparently being intact gives them that extra edge. But for me, I'm a gelding person!
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post #4 of 31 Old 06-15-2008, 08:36 PM
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the thing with my horses is that my gelding acts like a mare and my mare is a real tom-boy unless she is in heat. It really depends on the horse but I find geldings more lovable than mares and if possible I would get a mare and gelding If I were you cause they get along better than double genders

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I have had my share of both...I do like geldings more, I have to admit. ;) But I did find goodness in my mare Lexi- she didn't really act up when she was in heat. I have to say she's a good mare!

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post #6 of 31 Old 06-15-2008, 11:31 PM
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I love mares. I guess I'm one of the few. Yes, they are more tempermental sometimes, but I have met some adorable, really really sweet mares. And for some reason I choose mares over geldings. But go with whatever you feel comfortable and don't choose a horse just because of their sex!
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post #7 of 31 Old 06-16-2008, 12:06 PM
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I vote mares because I like knowing that when i can't use them anymore i still have a useful investment as a broodmare and i just don't like sheath cleaning
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post #8 of 31 Old 06-17-2008, 10:11 AM
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I chose "depends" but overall...I like the boys. Most of my favorite horses through the years have been geldings, aside from two mares: one arab and one mutt. The first, I liked because she was so wonderfully trained and sensitive; it was like driving a sports car. The mutt, I think I enjoyed because she was powerful and athletic, but obviously had some history...she was a real challenge to work with. Maybe its just random chance that I haven't met many really personable mares, I don't know.
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I guess im more of a mare person. My family has owned a couple geldings (with my first show pony being one) but I guess I find it a challange with a mare... You never know how they are going to be for the day untill you get to the barn. Also if there is a stud nearby and she is in heat the fun can really start!!! My older mare is actually more laid back but crabby when she is in heat and the younger one...well likes to show her stuff if you know what I mean. Atleast with a mare I dont have to worry about her dropping anything in the middle of a halter class...

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post #10 of 31 Old 06-17-2008, 01:10 PM
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I love me mares.

Yes, they are tempermental and can act rather stupid.

I feel that mares bond with people more than geldings do.

I find that mares are better with kids, probably something to do with mothering instincts.

Mares seem to try harder to impress you.

I always say that me and my mares ( I have 4 mares, and 1 stud colt (Not including Aden)) have tons of attitude and we are both very tempermental and that is why we get along so great.
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