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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:48 AM

Which do you pefer ? Mare or Gelding? And why? It depends with me .I have a mare that I love to death . And a gelding that is my bud for life .Couldn't live without either of them .

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:55 AM

I'm going to say geldings, because right now I have 2 geldings that are lifers, and no chance of getting another horse anytime soon.

BUT, I've owned mares, and I didn't see a difference in gender. Each horse has their quirks, and personalities. I don't look at gender when looking for a horse. Stallions aren't out of my search area either.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 08:02 AM

I've always owned mares and I love them. I think that they tend to be more attached to individuals than geldings are. On the other hand, I've known a few geldings that were totally sweethearts with great personalities that I sure wouldn't have minded owning. I've been thinking for quite a while that my next horse, my "old age" horse, should be an older gelding.

There are pros and cons of both, and I think some people's personalities may work better with one or the other sex. Of course, like me, it also may just be what you're used to. I tend to enjoy both people and animals who have a bit of attitude, so mares have fit the bill for me so far!

It is a matter of personality for me, I have never bred a mare and couldn't care less about a horse's ability to reproduce. I just love horses that have some "look at me" air about them.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 08:20 AM

I like mares - I do think they form a stronger one-on-one bond, probably because of the reproduction issue. I also think mares are thinkers, but that may just be my mares, lol. I certainly know some wonderful geldings, but I prefer female animals as a rule.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:14 AM

I like a gelding better, I own two currently. I have owned two mares, one I just did not like and could not bond with her she was moody and really marish when she was in. The other mare was really sweet and had had some hard issues and I liked her a lot, but when it came to down sizing due to a layoff and job change the mares were sold, not the geldings.

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My friend on the other hand always has mares. She had the sweetest three year old gelding and a three year old filly she calls "bottle rocket" and when she had to down size the gelding went, not the filly. I have known her for 25 years and she always rides a mare.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:17 AM

In general, definitely geldings. The horses I've bonded with have always been geldings. But i don't dislike mares, they just aren't my favorites. There are plenty of good mares that aren't very moody. I own 2 mares,and one is the sweetest horse and the other not so much, but she's very smart and fun to ride.

I also don't like the dull geldings that have no hormones left and just don't do anything! I like the livelier more stud like geldings. I always seem attracted to the dominant, hard headed ones!

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:39 AM

I prefer mares BUT right now i havea gelding and so far i believe hawk is my first real tight bond ive ever formed with a horse.. I wish he was taller hed be MY perfect horse. Hes not scared of anything and fallows me anywhere. I KNOW i can trust him arround the lil ones and not worry hes going to kick ect

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:34 AM

I like both, like others said it's the personality. My mare has a sweet, calm, a bit of a''look at me'', but can be a turd sometimes personality. And for my little rescue guy he is full of personality.I am teaching him tricks .So far he can pick up a sponge & working on smiling. We have a CLOSE bond . And with the mare we have a good bond too.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 12:13 PM

I've had 3 mares and 4 geldings. I've only had one gelding that I didn't quite get along with. His personality and mine just didn't click. Riding him was work, he thought he should be in charge. He was a spectacular horse. Great breeding, absolutely the most gorgeous horse I've ever seen. Smart, graceful, collected naturally, huge, great muscling, smooth gaits, could do wp, hus, trail, jump, etc. He and my daughter had a great relationship. We still compare other horse's beauty to him--"Not as pretty as..."

My current gelding is the sweetest thing! He's constant. He has moments when he wants to test me, but they all do, and he gives in easily. He only wants to please. He is my bestest pal! LOVE HIM!

My arab mare was beautiful, smart and she took great care of me--hated to sell her.

The grade mare I had was so sweet and was able to learn that we don't have to run everywhere, but she tore a muscle in her hip and would never be good for more than light riding. I never knew when she was in season...and now she is a reset mare, so she does have seasons and is a great mommy.

The 3 Bars QH mare I had was psycho. I think it was from her up-bringing more than gender...she was 14 and had never been cantered under saddle. When I asked the previous owner about her canter, she said, "Why would you need to canter?" But she was an absolute tramp when she was in season. Horrible to deal with.

I prefer geldings, because you don't have to worry about hormones. But I choose a horse for it's brain/disposition. If I was considering buying a mare, I'd be sure to see her attitude when in season before purchase. My hormones are enough...and if you're on the same cycle as your mare...Ugh! Better to just stay in bed. :)
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 12:25 PM

My parents have gelding thats a total jug head. But thats just his personality.My mare when she is in her cycle she is just as nice when not in her cycle . If not sweeter. She will take care of me .

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:14 PM

I always seem to prefer being around male animals. male people, too, for that matter. I love my mare, and I really do have a good relationship with her, probably better than the relationship with my mini gelding, but it took a LOT longer to develop and is mostly related to her work ethic.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 04:45 PM

I would have to say Mares. I've only ever had them. I agree that they tend to bond a little deeper then geldings would but I have friends who seem to have the same bond with their geldings as I do with my mare. I think the main thing I like about my mares are the different attitudes I get. My mare doesnt have "marish" moments, none of the mares ive owned have. I also like the thought (since I show) that if anything were to happen to my mare that would make it so I couldnt ride her competitively anymore I could still breed and get a foal that I could show.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:08 PM

Mares, hands down. No sheaths to clean, and if they have to be in a tie stall, all the mess is in one place. And in case of career-ending injury, she can produce her own replacement.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:29 PM

I have had a few of both, and currently own a mare and a gelding. All of my mares have been well behaved when in season. Macai is the only one you could even tell was IN season if you didn't look, and she is still well-behaved. I honestly think most mares will be well behaved when in season if you don't allow it to be an excuse for them. I think sometimes that us gals, because we know how our hormones can make us feel, will cut the mare some behavioral slack that we shouldn't, and she naturally takes advantage. Not saying always. Just sometimes. I think if we insisted that they all behave like normal when in season--most of them would.

I would like to say that mare or gelding doesn't matter to me. It is all about personality and ability. In truth, I will own and ride either. But my three favorite horses of all time are all geldings. Right now, this minute, I can tell you my mare is safer, quieter, more reliable, more experienced, and much, much easier. But if I could only keep one? It would be my gelding. No question.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:32 PM

Mares, for me at least. However, i've known mares that i've butted heads with and geldings that i loved. For example, i love my little colt but he's just so easy to predict. I really like the challenge and the intelligence and the personality about mares. So much more opinionated.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (Catlow @ Jul 25 2010, 07:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mares, hands down. No sheaths to clean, and if they have to be in a tie stall, all the mess is in one place.



lol. I know she is really an exception to the rule but I would take sheath cleaning over my mare's issues any day.


Her gunk between her teats is as foul as the boy's sheaths, and on top of that when she is in heat she coats her back end in urine... thick reeking mare squirt that reeks, makes her all sticky, and if I don't keep her coated in bag balm leaves her scalded and bald all between her butt cheeks and down her legs. And to top it off, she backs up to my cob and squirts his front legs, so I have to scrub that gross stuff out of his feather, too. And the "mare in heat" smell doesn't just wash off. It lingers. Yuck.

She also totally trashes a box stall when she is kept in one. The TWH mare I had when I was a teen was the cleanest horse ever, she did all her business in one tiny corner and never walked stuff into the bedding, but Mary... UGH! If she can't walk it in she paws the manure and wet straw away from the wall. I've never had her in a tie stall but in a box stall she is more of a pig than any horse I have ever known (and I used to work at a farm where I helped clean 80 stalls a day, so that is saying something!).

The funny thing is, though, even though I prefer boys, and she is really rank for a mare when it comes to reproductive cycle issues... she is still one of my favorite horses of all time. When you find a special one "how they have their plumbing run" doesn't really matter.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:32 PM

I've ridden some great geldings, but I've ridden better mares. I just tend to prefer a good mare versus a good gelding. I have owned both. The riding stables I worked at for four years owned geldings exclusively. Before that I rode at a university where I rode both genders. I've ridden hundreds of horses. Although I would never turn away a good gelding, I prefer to own mares given the choice.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:30 PM

My Sky Pony was a mare and after the first few years I wouldn't have traded her for anything. That said, overall, I prefer geldings. Obviously, it depends on individual personalities. Overall though I think you can have an amazing relationship with a mare if you have the time. Perfect as a kid that spend 3 or 4 hours a day at the barn minimum, not so great now that I can't always give my life over to my horse. I find it easier to establish a good relationship with a gelding in less time. Plus, I do enjoy the sense of humor that I see more often in geldings.

Off the top of my head I would say I prefer male dogs as well. That's usually what I look for. Funny to say though, as my all time two closest relationships with dogs have been with the only two b*****s I've owned, but both of them were a lot more work.

So I guess I think females generally have more pay off, if you're willing to put in the effort, but neutered/gelded males are easier...

Obviously, those are broad generalizations and each animal is different.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 08:01 PM

A good horse can be any gender. I currently have 2 geldings, and 2 mares.
I started out with mares, I have owned 5 of them. I have owned 1 stud(but was gelded and rode for several more years as gelding) and 2 geldings.
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The geldings are easier to handle and not nearly as moody. They are both the same whether you handle them daily or monthly.

My young one(turns 6 next month) I had gelded at 6months old, and he was born broke and is now safe enough for anyone to ride and is a near bomb proof trail horse. I own his half sister, and we haven't started breaking her yet. We have saddled her and done tons of groundwork, the same as I did with her brother. She seems to forget from work session to work session, what we learned previosly.

I trained the gelding completely by myself. The filly is going to a trainer.

He has never bucked, reared, or taken off under saddle. I am quite sure it is going to take tons more work to insure that the filly doesn't do all three things on the first ride.

If I were looking for a horse to buy another horse, I would be reluctant to even consider a mare
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:03 PM

It doesn't matter to me either way, though I always seem to end up with boys. Every horse I've owned/leased/ridden regularly have been geldings. I did come thisclose to bringing home a Zips Chocolate Chip filly though, and I'll forever kick myself for letting her get away. She was the quietest, most agreeable 3 year old I've sat on. I've ridden some other wonderful mares too, and I wouldn't be against owning or leasing one if it was a good candidate for me. I haven't known one gender to be more hardworking or to bond better, and breeding isn't an issue since I don't plan to breed my own. If my horse gets a career-ending injury, I'll buy something new that's already grown and ready to replace my horse. I've known totally dull mares and ones so hot that you had to practically mount them jockey-style on the go. And I've known plenty of geldings with the same range of attitudes. My current boy is a total love, but can be a real priss too. I blame it on his blond-ness happy0203.gif

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 10:52 PM

I typically prefer geldings because they are usually more even tempered and not 'moody'. But I have to say my horse right now is a mare and I'm loving her.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:12 PM

I've just always "clicked" with mares - and it seems to go one way or the other with people. I LIKE their attitudes and witchiness - it reminds me of ME. *snicker* They get witchy and it's a correction and "oh, mare, you silly thing" so it doesn't bother me. Maybe I just haven't met a super bad mare confused0024.gif

Now, if I were horse shopping, and came across a great gelding, I definitely wouldn't say no. Just like a good horse has no bad color - neither do they have bad genitals. Just seems like the girls fall in my lap.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:30 PM

I've only owned mares until last tuesday...and I think I can tell right now that I like my gelding a little bit better. My mares have always been pretty moody and outright a pain in my butt more than once....I also prefer male dogs so it may just be me. :P
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:32 PM

Emminim: Give it some time :) My mare and I took a while to click but now that we have I wouldn't trade her for the world. I spent a lot of time comparing her to my previous gelding when I first got her.

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 11:51 PM

I have owned 3 mares and 1 gelding. Right now I own two mares, I love my girls, they don't have witchy attitudes and we get along great, they work hard for me and seem very egar to please, my gelding was a total sweetheart, but I seem to click better with mares for some reason, Josie owner used to complain about her mare attitude, but since day one Josie and I clicked, she and I get along beautifully and she always works hard for me. Ellie has always been my sweet girl and has never shown any mare attitude. When I look for a horse, I look at mares and geldings, and I go with which one I click with more, which happens to be mares, even the next horse I'm considering getting is a mare.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:14 AM

I like my "goofy" geldings. You just don't seem to see goofy mares too often. I've never really bonded with a mare.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:32 AM

I've owned both, the mares I owned have had more try in them than most of the geldings I've owned. Currently have 1 gelding, that is a good horse, but I would like to have another good trail mare. PD

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:35 AM

Ruby can be a bit moody when she's in, but we've bonded pretty good. I get along well with our gelding too, but Ruby's my girl.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 01:52 AM

I have had both mares and geldings also. I have developed the strongest bond with the mare I have now. I think this old saying sums it up " Tell a gelding, ask a stallion, discuss it with a mare" My mare and I have had many "discussions" and she now sees things my way. I have never worked as hard or learned so much from having her. I think the journey has made our bond stronger.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:29 PM

Mares.
I do look at both mares and geldings when buying a horse, but I always seem to end up with the mares. I've only had one jug headed hard to like mare. But, my sister bought her against my recommendation and left her here when she moved. That was Vanna the psychic TB, who always found a way to get hurt when I had someone scheduled to come out and train her.

I did love my Ledo, but he is an Arab with brains and the fun loving personality of a mare. I still wish I had him.
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