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View Poll Results: Mare or gelding
Never had an issue with your mare 29 69.05%
Had big issue with your mare because of hormones 3 7.14%
Only had issues with your mare during "her time" 7 16.67%
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post #11 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 01:58 AM
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It's really a case by case basis. Yes. *in general* geldings are laid back, but my gelding was the ****iest thing I ever met, and some of the mares in our barn have personalities to die for. I didn't vote (not really good options), but don't limit yourself. Go see the horse you are interested and ignore gender.
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post #12 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by lacyloo View Post
I tend to believe people will blame their horse's behavior on being a "moody mare" or "shes in heat" to avoid admitting that their horse has problems.
So iv never noticed a difference with riding my mares VS geldings.
I agree...and even more, they blame any behavior they don't like on being a mare.

We have 3 mares, 5 to 15 yrs, great trail horses, and have never had any 'mare problems'.

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post #13 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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I myself have a mare and two geldings. In all the years I have had her, I never knew when she was in heat.

But, like a few of you have mentioned, I have heard "stories" of having mares that became different during that time. Enough rumors that it makes me a bit apprhensive that I may get "one of those".

I have a riding buddy who used that excuse about her mares. In fact, her horse was in heat every other week according to her! LOL, we all know that it was a training issue cause I never saw where her horse was in heat.

I thought this could give me a pretty good idea of what the majority of mare owners have experienced.

I've asked this because there is a mare who qualifies for everything on my list, but, "the dreaded stories" keep flashing in my mind. I have only been answering ads for geldings and inquired about one for sale. That one sold but she has this mare............ :)

And then I have to think about what it could be like if I brought another mare into the herd. I am rehoming one of my geldings and the dynamics will change to 2 mares and a gelding.

Also, after I posted this I saw there was a mare vs gelding post and read that with interest.

Thanks for your replies.
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post #14 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 08:45 AM
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I have only had issues with 2 out of the 7 mares I have owned. I had a paint mare as a teen that would actually mount our geldings when she was in heat. With my current paint mare EVERYONE knows when she is in heat, she whinnies and squeels at anything that moves and makes the barnyard choas! hmm... maybe its a paint mare thing On the other hand, fiance's gelding is probably crankier than any mare I have known though (we usually refer to the horse as his filly), so I can't really discriminate by sex.
I think it would really depend on each individual mare (or gelding) though.
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post #15 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 09:26 AM
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Never had a problem with a mare. Beyond "normal" horse problems. I had two growing up and you couldn't ever tell when they were cycling. I don't think the "mare-ish" attitude related to cycling is very common. It's more of an excuse for people to use when they're having problems with their horse and they don't want to or know how to get rid of the behavior. JMO
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When I was growing up we had both mares and geldings. We penned them together and never had any issues. When I got older the whole issue of marish attitudes and the preference of geldings to mares made me wonder a little. If I were looking to buy a horse I would buy a sorrel mare. With the market the way it is you will get 5 times the horse ina sorrel mare as you would a buckskin gelding. If you pay a thousand dollars for the mare she will be safe to ride, gentle and sound. A thousand dollar buckskin gelding probably won't be safe, gentle or sound.

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post #17 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 02:30 PM
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One should try to avoid stuffing horses into pigeonholes based off gender alone. I have met some incredibly ****y geldings in my time. Only known one "mareish" mare, and she was more or less that way constantly. That was more of a lack of training/handling though. I agree that for some people, whining about their girl's menses-related woes is just an excuse for ____(insert something they either are or are not doing here)____.

Lilly was in heat when we went out to see her...and she was an absolute charm for two complete strangers hopping on her back and making her work while the rest of the horses there were already enjoying dinner, while she was most definitely not. ;)
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post #18 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 02:58 PM
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I never had any "mare-ish" problems either. the ranch i go to is basically all mares except for a stallion for breeding and 2 geldings

all the mares don't act up when their in season and i have a mare who is practically genderless.... :P

plus the 2 geldings seriously have the worst personalities and traits ever soooo ya
don't get me wrong or anything i've met geldings that are wonderful and stuff but it doesn't really matter what gender, it's pretty much the personality
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post #19 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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All that's been said is kind of what I was thinking/hoping for.

My search has increased from 50% to 100%. Now I just have to weed out the ones I won't be a match to.


And, it's official, we just re~homed one of my geldings this morning. I tell ya, this has been THE most painful thing I have ever voluntarily done in my whole life! Thank goodness the people who took him are equal to their horsekeeping ways as I am, and they are only a half hour away and have invited us to come see/ride him anytime. Still painful.
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post #20 of 29 Old 12-12-2009, 04:29 PM
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Mares generally have a reputation for being a little ****y, but it really depends on the individual. I know a mare who is the sweetest, friendliest thing until you try to put her in the trailer. She rears up and tries to come down on you if you try and coerce her into the metal cave of death.

Some mares get moody when they're in heat, and others don't. I know a lot of fantastic mares, and that's saying something because I'm a gelding person.

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