I'd always go for a mare, I don't like geldings. I have a really good bond with my mares and have always ended up selling geldings as they've just done my head in. If one of my mares is having an "off day" I'd just say "aw poor love I know how you feel" but with geldings they've got no excuse so I just get irritated. One of my mares is terrible when she's in season which is another reason I don't like geldings lol! They just wind her up.
You should be able to ride mares out with geldings no bother, that's the point of gelding colts. It's if you're going to ride out with a stallion that that becomes an issue.
"...it was all something to do with fate: this was the horse that was intended for me, and there was nothing I could do about it."
Mares for me too, not sure why as rode mainly geldings as a child in lessons, hacking, but the first pony I had on loan was a mare and it's always been mares since, even when I've loaned I've ended up with mares and over the years at livery i have come to the conclusion I'm not a fan of geldings, though I did like one last year, he had been cut late and was a sensative mis understood sole, bless him but wouldn't trust him 100% as known to kick and had appauling manners. My mare is now out with 2 other mares and a gelding and the mares are just so much more friendly towards each other and us, the gelding is an old grouch, think he's a bit hen pecked! I've never had a problem grazing mares and geldings together apart from when one gelding beat up my friends gelding, the problem gelding was removed and my mare and my friends gelding were very happy together after that, even when another mare was introduced.
I always thought I preferred geldings. Probably since my second pony as a child. I have ended up with five mares and one gelding and I love the mares. I love my gelding too though. I wonder if it's more an individual thing tbh and how you click with an individual horse. Sophie has been my biggest challenge but these days I feel very connected to her and perhaps more than any of the others...
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Post by orangetails on Dec 31, 2011 19:30:49 GMT 1
Mares for me - I prefer the sensitivity of them. Can be a bad thing at times of course, particularly this year as my confidence has been on a total see-saw since my mum passed away - but there's an emotional level I get with a mare that is never quite there with a gelding.
That said, my heart has been won over this year by a gelding I bought to sell on this summer - deliberately bought a 'not my type' native gelding, and grey to boot, and look what happened, he's ended up staying a bit longer lol! He's done wonders for my confidence despite only being 4 and altho he will definitely be sold I'm glad he's been in my life. He's going to make somebody very very happy I am sure. I think it's true that confidence givers come in all shapes, sizes and types - and ages - because no one would have thought a green 4yo would give me the confidence he has - but that's exactly what's happened.
Geldings do seem to be soppier, and more 'level', that's for sure. And definitely more consistent - less hormones. But missing that 'something' that my mares have, for me at any rate.