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post #1 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me your stories about mares that aren't crazy

So as most of you know, I am pretty frustrated up with my mare Kodak these days. I was talking to my neighbor who is also the owner of a seasonally-crazy mare. There are a few stories about them on this very forum. And as I search the horse for sale ads to find a safer mount, oddly, there is an abundance of mares for sale! Most are accompanied by the disclaimer "NOT a beginner horse!" 'Tis the season I guess?

However, I have my eye on a mare that is touted to be absolutely quiet and chill. Do I dare hope? Are there sane mares out there that don't turn into psychopaths when they cycle?

Not looking for advice on Kodak, just asking for stories of quiet mares.
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post #2 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:13 PM
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I had a sweetheart of a mare for two and a half years. Perfect trail horse. Went on amazing long solo hacks with her. She never spooked in the entire time I owned her, and her only "bad" days were: cantered down the trail once to catch up to her friends on a hunter pace, and once "reared" twice -- about three inches -- when it was a cold, gross day, and she was in heat and just in a mood. Could put anyone on her and take her anywhere. Sadly, she developed fairly fast-moving arthritis just over a year into my time with her, so we didn't do as much as I'd hoped, but I loved every minute that I had with her! Wish they could all be like that.
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post #3 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:14 PM
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my daughter's mare (8 yr old quarter horse pony chestnut mare!) is very sane. She is pretty much spook proof and I don't believe would ever bolt with someone on her ever, she's far too lazy for that. When she is in season the only thing we notice is she is more vocal (she will neigh LOUDLY upon arrival to the arena), and she will shake her head more when you use spurs. Otherwise, she is actually very very loving and affectionate when in season, whereas some mares are irritable when in heat, she seems to be totally ok with it and wants the world to know, lol.
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Both of the horses I owned as a kid were mares. The first one was crazy, but not seasonally related. She was more fun-crazy. You had to earn her respect, and once you did, she would do anything for you. The second was one of the most sane horses I've ever known. She was an ex-cutting horse. She had plenty of speed when asked, but she was very responsive. I wouldn't have called her a beginner horse, but only because she would have been too responsive for a beginner. An intermediate adult would have loved her.
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post #5 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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she is actually very very loving and affectionate when in season, whereas some mares are irritable when in heat, she seems to be totally ok with it and wants the world to know, lol.
Hahaha.... too funny!

Ok, keep the stories coming! I need to know that there are sane mares out there before I go and get another one.
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post #6 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:30 PM
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I have two mares and a filly (although the yearling filly doesn't quite count in this topic). The barn owner has two more and another boarder has one. The other boarders mare is a witch when it comes to feeding because she's allowed to be but still quiet when handled and ridden. All of the other mares are quiet when handling and when being ridden. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. Laela was in heat this week. She isn't acting any differently than what she usually is (except for making googly eyes at the geldings over the fence and squirting). One of the barn owners mares, who is ridden by her 10 year old son, and competes in mounted shooting knows exactly what her job is and does it. No ****yness, no acting out, she just rides. She's also a wonderful trail horse too. Not saying that these mares are perfect. They try you sometimes, but not anymore than any gelding would.

I've been seeing a lot of discussion with people having issues with their horses and a lot of times when it's a mare the first thing that comes to peoples minds is "Is she in heat?" Who cares!! It's a horse. When people are having trouble with geldings it's always chalked up to not enough or bad training, bad handling or pain. Why is it different with mares. I'm sure their are certain individuals that do have issues when in heat but in my opinion, very few. I think way too much is blamed on that when it's usually another issue. Like not enough training, incorrect handling and such. My horse Star pulls back when tied all of the time. It's not because she is a mare, it's because she has learned to do this. My Star is more standoffish and aloof, Laela loves to be around people and her filly is just like her. They all have different personalities no matter what gender they are.

The biggest jerk on the property here is a gelding. The second biggest jerk is another gelding although they are both getting better.

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post #7 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:33 PM
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There is a school horse mare at my yard which by all rights should be cloned and her "offspring" should be dispersed to every single riding school in the world. She is huge but she is easily ridden by tiny beginners. Very forgiving, never spooks, bucks, rears, bites...So comfortable that first-timers can sit both her trott and canter. Litteraly, the instructor will put a person who has never been on a horse and they will be cantering within 15 minutes with a smile - setting themselves up for a disappointment for any future horse :) Also, she isn't forward but picks up canter on the correct lead without fail, straight away, even for completely confused beginners. Her only vice is that she will sometimes plant next to a particularly juicy patch of grass but never under saddle. A stern finger-wag by her 7 year-old handler gets her going. Lovely critter, that one.
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post #8 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:35 PM
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I actually prefer mares to geldings. And have ridden many a sane mare. My favorite horse ( now deceased) was kind of bratty normally but when in heat she just Pee'd A LOT! and I mean A LOT!

We currently have 4 mares. None exhibit particularly bad behavior when in season. The mare I ride you cannot even tell when she is in season. My daughters mare becomes a hussy when in season and calls to mares and geldings a lot and postures a lot around new horses.
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I grew up on mares and wouldn't hesitate to buy more. The one I started showing on had some VERY noticeable cycles, she was extremely flirty and peed a lot, but never got crazy and never quit paying attention to me. She was an EXCELLENT beginners horse, she was slow and consistent, but could sure kick in into gear if you wanted. The others just never really showed much sign of heat. My mini mare is great in or out of heat as well, she pins her ears and swishes her tail a bit more when in, but never more attitudinal. I can only think of one mare in all my years that was grouchy in heat, but I hated her from the beginning, had nothing to do with the heat grumps.

Oddly enough, my gelding has been the most moody and inconsistent horse I've had...
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post #10 of 64 Old 08-08-2017, 12:37 PM
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Is it cheating if I just leave a link to my journal??
https://www.horseforum.com/member-jou...ay-can-431322/

Seriously though, Isabel is my first horse and has taught me a ton. She's got a solid foundation but certainly has her own opinions about what she should or shouldn't be asked to do. My journal is basically a running 3+ year story on what it took to take her from being a lesson horse only ridden in the ring by kids to a trusty happy hacker for an adult re-rider. It wasn't always smooth or pretty, but all in all, it's been a very satisfying journey.

I also think there's an age element here- she was 18 when I bought her and is 23 now. I don't know if our story would have ended the same way if I got her when she was 5, but as I am casually searching around for my next horse, I'm looking for another mare who's about that age or a couple of years older, so I guess we'll see!
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