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post #1 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Male or Female? Which one is better in you're experience?

So I'm getting a horse soon so I wanted to know.... Male or Female??


Is one or the other better for beginners?

What are the Pros and Cons of each?

What sex was you're first horse??

Personal experience you could share?

Well if you can help then thanks!!! All opinions are welcome as long as they are said in a respectful way..
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post #2 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 02:46 PM
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It is all about training and personality. Either is acceptable and can work great. My first was a mare though I had my heart set on a big bay TB gelding I ended up with a little grey Quarab mare. We worked out great together. It was actually years before I ever owned a male and the first was a stallion. I now have owned several geldings and would still say it is all about training and personality.
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post #3 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 02:48 PM
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Either can work :) make sure if its a male its a gelding not a stallion.
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Yep for a first it definitely should not be a stallion.
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post #5 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 02:52 PM
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Welcome to HF!

Um, I'm not sure how much you know, but typically we say "Mares, Geldings, and Stallions".

Obviously, stallions are not for beginners.

I personally like mares, but most people don't. They are challenging, smart, and generally a rollercoaster of emotions, which can be good and bad. They are very expressive, which is great for liberty which is what I have gotten into.

Geldings are generally more obedient, relaxed, and don't test you as much.

However, each horse is an individual. There are always exceptions to generalizations. For instance, my mom's mare is fairly newbie friendly, and acts more like a gelding. She isn't moody.

I saw your other thread. I recommend that if you haven't already, you find a trainer or coach who can teach you about riding and all aspects of horse care, and help you find a horse appropriate for you. Horse ownership is not something you want to dive into head first. Test the water and enter slowly

God Bless you and be safe!
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post #6 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 03:05 PM
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hi! i personally, have never had a mare! but the ones my friends have had have been moody (like a normal giel) lol! but every horse is different!! i don't recommend a stallion at ALL. if you're gonna get a male definitely get a gelding. their my favorite. :) mine have always been calm, and gentle, and listen wonderfully. but, remember its ALL about TRAINING! so just look at a few different horses before u decide on one is my advice. hope you the best of luck and happy riding!!! be safe! :)
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post #7 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to HF!

Um, I'm not sure how much you know, but typically we say "Mares, Geldings, and Stallions".

Obviously, stallions are not for beginners.

I personally like mares, but most people don't. They are challenging, smart, and generally a rollercoaster of emotions, which can be good and bad. They are very expressive, which is great for liberty which is what I have gotten into.

Geldings are generally more obedient, relaxed, and don't test you as much.

However, each horse is an individual. There are always exceptions to generalizations. For instance, my mom's mare is fairly newbie friendly, and acts more like a gelding. She isn't moody.

I saw your other thread. I recommend that if you haven't already, you find a trainer or coach who can teach you about riding and all aspects of horse care, and help you find a horse appropriate for you. Horse ownership is not something you want to dive into head first. Test the water and enter slowly

God Bless you and be safe!
No haha I know the terms but I wanted to keep it simple
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post #8 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 04:15 PM
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Definitely don't get a stallion. I don't know where you live but in the US it's illegal to own a stallion if you are under 18.

I have ridden at many barns with many horses (I don't use my horse in lessons, so I always use school horses) and in my experience, geldings are much more forgiving and sweet while mare can be very moody and unforgiving for a beginner.

However, that's not to say that if you are horse shopping you should rule out mares. Not at all. My first horse is a gelding and my close friend has a mare who she adores. The mare is b*itchy and stubborn at times but she's also a 5YO and still a bit green.

You have to look at training, age, temperament to find a horse, not so much gender and NOT COLOR. (I know you didn't say anything about color but SOO many people buy a "pretty" first horse with dapples or a long mane and end up selling because it was not a good fit)
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Personally I like a good gelding. I am a very demanding rider and I expect a lot out of my horses. I don't like dealing with moody animals. I don't put up with it at all.

I've met many mares that pin ears, give you dirty looks, etc. I do not do well with disrespectful animals.

So for me, geldings are my go-to
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post #10 of 44 Old 07-05-2014, 04:41 PM
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I have had both, mares and geldings.. moody horses of both sex.
It comes down to the individual horse, training, temperament , age .
I had TB mare, who go wherever, could care less what the horses were doing and an appendix that would be ballistic , fine one day, and psycho the next. A mare who was great , except around a fire truck , another mare that was just a pig (no offense to pigs ) . A gelding that would be great for me, but if he got ****ed off , he would jump in the air and do a 360 come down and dance on his hinds.. or he would run off with the person on him freakin out. and I loved that horse, I could trust him in the mountains, not take a wrong a step etc, but dont yank his face, he would put you on the ground .
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