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Monty77 06-18-2012 09:21 PM

What about mares?
I currently own two geldings, they are my first two horses and it was just luck of the draw that they were geldings. The barn I board at has aproximetly 20 head of horses being boarded and only 4 of those are mares. What is up with that? Mares are great, I would love to have a mare, I know that they can be moody and some have really bad heats, but what's the deal? Any opinions welcomed!
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GreySorrel 06-18-2012 09:25 PM

I like mares myself, I think they are more sensitive, they remember things on a trail that sometimes, my gelding has passed by many times and hasn't noticed, are caring, loving, and all the good things. I have 3 mares and one gelding and have had NO trouble out of any of them.

Fringe 06-18-2012 09:29 PM

It just depends on the horse, I think. Several of the very best, kindest, most bombproof horses I know are mares. The horse I'm leasing now is a mare and I've never had any problems out of her. I don't think she even knows how to pin her ears :lol:
Then again, I've known a mare who would do nothing but gallop when you rode her every time she went into heat and another who won't let other horses within ten feet of her without kicking.
It just depends on the horse :)

With Grace 06-18-2012 09:42 PM

The right mare is a true gem. My lease horse was a mare, and the horse I recently purchased also a mare. I was hoping for a gelding, but found this mare with an incredible personality and will to work. She remembers everything, so I have to be careful what I do every time I ride, but she's amazing.

Breella 06-18-2012 10:15 PM

I love my mares. I feel safer around them than I do my mother in law's gelding.

andimax 06-20-2012 10:02 AM

I got lucky with my mare! Her mood barely changes when she's in season.. She just cares less about me. :P she all about all the gelding around her
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HagonNag 06-20-2012 10:11 AM

Some people like mares, some prefer geldings, some don't have a preference. A lot of people new to horses end up with geldings because then they don't have to deal with a mare's possible moodiness. Mares can be more sensitive and sometimes this makes them more "touchy." They can also end up pregnant which is a whole 'nother issue. It's just a personal preference one way or the other.

Spirit Lifter 06-20-2012 10:15 AM

There's good and bad in both. All depends on their temperament and training over sex in my opinion. I have a mare, she's great, but my lease horse was a gelding and he was just as great.

BlueSpark 06-20-2012 10:19 AM

The notion that all mares are moody and witchy is still very popular. Personally, I LOVE mares, and would never choose to own anything else. Mine get a little spunkier and more oppinionated when in heat, but I don't mind.

I have seen witchy, miserable mares and unpredictable, diva geldings. My first gelding was crazy, My second really didn't click with me, and the last was also nuts, so I'll stick with my mares.

gigem88 06-20-2012 10:20 AM

I love my mare, but she is a DIVA! But, that's ok we have an understanding as we are both females.

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