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post #21 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by AlmostThere View Post
On a more practical note, which is worse - cleaning a gelding's sheath every six months or so, or cleaning a mare every week.
Ive heard of cleaning boys,but girls... thats a new one.
I much prefer mares over geldings. If you really love your mare and she starts getting up there you can breed her and have her legacy. Also, if she ever hurts herself you can breed her.
I love mares. My three are all mares.
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post #22 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 11:26 AM
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Mares!! Geldings are sweet, but along with all that marish behavior comes a willingness that you just don't find in geldings. Once you get a mare to bond with you, they'll do work themselves into the ground for you. Plus, I love their quirky, ****y personalities!

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post #23 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 11:38 AM
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My first horse was a gelding with alot of tude on the ground. But that had to do with prior training. He was amazing U/S. My mare is the exact opposite, great on the ground and horrible U/S, luckily im in a position were I can still keep her even thought I dont ride her. I have a weanling-colt. Hes such a doll, he follows me like a puppy. The only time he gets mad (just puts his ears back a little) is when I lift his feet while hes eating. Ive pretty much been the only one to spend time with him thus far. He will be gelded. Sometimes I like that mareish willfull attitude but sometimes I like that somber gelding attitute. It of course all depends on the horses (and also the person working with them), the horses individual attitute, order in the herd and training they've had. Horses that catch my eye are flashy ones that are willing to perform, I look at their sex last.

For cleaning- I clean my mare more then my weanling. The make gets udder "cakes" like you wouldnt believe.
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post #24 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
A horse is what you make of it. Mare, gelding or stallion a horse will act how you allow them to act. I have a stallion that acts like a gelding even around mares in heat and I have never had a mare that acted different when she was in heat.

I wholeheartly agree with you there. Blaming the horses sex on why you can't control it is an excuse. My granddad always said an excuse is the skin off the truth wrapped around a lie. i personally own both a gelding and a mare, both are broke and good horses, but I know the gelding better and usually ride him. He has allot better handle on him. Yes, I do see the connect there.

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post #25 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 12:39 PM
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Less experienced riders tend to have more difficulty with mares. More seasoned riders often times love them. I also agree with the previous poster who said that a mare will be just fine if you hold it to the same standards. People use the "mare thing" as an excuse for a horse thats not been properly taught. I wish I had an excuse to use every time my gelding had a dumb moment.
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post #26 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 02:05 PM
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personally, I prefer geldings. mares are great to but I have always liked to have a gelding. I always dream fo geldings, never mares or stallies. Sallions are crazy and I have just never really imagined myseft with a mare.

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post #27 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 02:20 PM
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I, Myself prefer Geldings. Having said that, one of the best horses I have ever ridden was a mare(I unfortunately did not own her). She would be a complete monster with anyone who rode her except me. Never found out why, but she was the best horse I have ever ridden.
I generally prefer geldings because you know can usually expect the same thing from them every day. I have found they are more easily convinced to do something they don't want to do. Most mares tend to be a little more tempermental BUT if you can find the right mare to click with you, they will give their all and work a lot harder than most geldings.
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post #28 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 02:33 PM
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Don't know.. trying to decide myself. I fell in love along time ago with a mustang gelding, he wasn't mine but he sure thought he was :) and though many years have passed I'm confident he would remember me.. we just clicked like I never thought possible between animal and human. I will always love him.
On the other hand the potential horse I'm considering is a mare... and she has similar movements in the loving aspect that the mustang did. Wanting to share breath, following you, and GREAT interaction if say I walk away she almost looks like what the heck? Your leaving? She really seems to like me, which is a welcome feeling when I've heard what I have about mares.
I am really in a toss up too - I guess I'm a sucker for fate in and of the right horse will present itself, and more than likely your just going to know. Since I have that deep connection with both and never even owned one.. I'd say its all about the horse not the sex.
Heck, theres alot of males and females I do and don't get along with in life.... its a personality thing not hormonal.. etc.

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post #29 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 03:35 PM
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My first 'true love horse' was a gelding. It was devastating to watch him grow old knowing that when he was gone he was gone, he passed away at the age of 31. So I decided that I wanted to get a mare because if I really liked her I could get a foal out of her.

Now I have my second 'true love horse'. She is a mare and I adore her. She has a very similar personality to my past gelding - bold, brave and confident. I guess I am attracted to the nature of a horse rather than it's gender.
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post #30 of 63 Old 12-11-2009, 03:49 PM
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I prefer mares for more serious stuff (competitions) and geldings for fun stuff and trail riding. I find that with geldings you always have to push and ask and they generally dont give more than they need to. The mares have an extra "spark" that if it isnt channeled people see the "****y mare" but if you channel that edge there is nothing that can beat it. I ride cow horses and the mares seem to take the challenge more personal while the geldings just want to get it done. Yea they might have more attitude but youve got to play it up and make that attitude work for you.
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