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post #31 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 10:30 AM
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I've had great mares and great geldings (and great stallions, even) - it all depends on the individual horse's personality, level of training, and ability of the handler.
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post #32 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 10:43 AM
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I love my mares, and will take a mare over a gelding any day. That said, My mare had a colt this year that's definitely a keeper, and he'll be gelded as soon as he's weaned.

The first horse I rode was a gelding, and I came off 7 times. I'm lucky I survived the first several rides on him. First horse I owned was a filly that I broke myself. I then started several other fillies and a gelding. The gelding was nice, just a bit lack luster and boring. You said go, he went, but you actually had to build a relationship with the mares. Once you have their trust and respect, you have a great partner.

Some really crazy horses I've ridden were geldings, some mares. some unpredictable, mean, reactive, unstable members of each gender.

So in short, while I prefer mares, its all about the individual.
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post #33 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 11:39 AM
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I've had mostly mares, and I've loved all of them. We finally broke the trend and got a yearling colt (who was gelded shortly after). Maybe it's because he's young and rambunctious, maybe it's just his personality... but he is every bit as opinionated and full of attitude as any of the mares that I've had. Of course that suits me just fine since I'm used to it and I actually really enjoy the passion and zest for life that he seems to have.

I sometimes question whether it's possible that some of us may impose our own social ideas and perceptions of the genders onto our horses. Women are typically considered more moody, manipulative, and impetuous... whereas men are traditionally considered more stoic and controlled. If someone has a bad ride on a mare, they might say it's because she's just a moody female (because we all know that women just can't control their emotions) whereas that same person might have had the very same bad ride on a gelding and instead placed the blame on his age, breed, training level... or any other number of reasons beyond his gender.
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post #34 of 44 Old 07-07-2014, 05:34 PM
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I prefer geldings but that is all I have ever owned,except for one mare and I didn't keep her long. It seems to me that geldings are more even tempered,but my 2 granddaughters ride mares.
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post #35 of 44 Old 07-09-2014, 10:24 PM
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I've seen it said multiple times already, but don't consider a stallion! I've met some that were good as gold, but as a general rule they can be unpredictable and not beginner friendly.

I always had a soft spot for geldings since they tend to be more mischievous and playful than mares. They also tend to be less moody, but sometimes the playfulness of geldings can turn people off of them as much as the moodiness of mares does. (A surprising amount of people are very no-nonsense about their horses.)

Despite the "moodiness" stereotype about mares, I've found that my mare is the most gentle horse I've ever had the joy of working with. It really does come down to personality and training, and you would need to feel it out when you were looking for a horse.
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post #36 of 44 Old 07-12-2014, 03:23 PM
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Totally depends on the horse and the training s/he has had.
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post #37 of 44 Old 07-12-2014, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Nikkibella View Post
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.

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Where are you getting this from? And technically, no one under 18 can own anything for the most part, as they aren't old enough to sign a contract.

As for OP...get whichever horse is a kind, gentle horse. I've seen geldings that are pistol balls, and I've seen mares that are.
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post #38 of 44 Old 07-16-2014, 04:30 PM
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My first was a quarter horse gelding. I think they are the best gender. Usally mares can be unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. I would not get a mare first. Stallions...............Nah. I have had good and bad experiences with mares. Stallions can be aggressive. I would get a gelding they are calm,good tempered, and usally I NEVER have any problems with them. I WOULD DEFINETLY SUGGEST A GELDING TO ANY1!
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post #39 of 44 Old 07-16-2014, 05:28 PM
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Does not matter

The gender of your trainer really doesn't matter. There is not one that is better than the other. Its specific to whom the person is and what his/her experience is. It also comes down to what you are comfortable learning and with whom you are more likely to get along with. Some people are very uncomfortable training with male trainers, other with female trainers. It really depends on the individuals involved in the equation.
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post #40 of 44 Old 07-16-2014, 05:33 PM
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I have had more mares than geldings would say as a rule geldings are less temprimental but if you have a mare on your side she will try harder for her owner.. I work at a riding school there are more geldings there which I think is because they tend to be easier as a rule they dont get distracted by their hormones!!
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