This is a picture of me and my first horse, Buckshots Sunshine. She was a good girl, tolerating the horse crazy green novice who took the $500 from the sale of her beater car and bought the horse she'd always dreamt of having since before she could walk.
I didn't know squat about horses.
I didn't know squat about Mares. And I still don't.
All the horses I've had since that first horse have been Geldings. Why? Because I found them to be solid in behavior and they didn't go into heat.
Yet to be fair, I didn't know what I know now (nor what I will know tomorrow) about horses. And as I look back on my time with Sunshine, as great as she was then - she'd have been a real gem to ride if I had her today.
A few weeks ago Venom from Canada offered me her horse. I declined her generous and kind offer because of the distance and because my neighbor breeds and periodically her stallions get loose and come calling.
But I've been thinking about Mares (closer to home) and wondering why shouldn't I consider them in my search to replace Bob? I have a gate I can close at the end of my road that will alleviate any midnight visits from neighboring stallions. I have multiple pastures if I choose to place "her" in one of them instead of with Bob.
My pondering couldn't have come at a better time. A call a few hours ago from my friend/trainer (frainer) says she has a horse she wants me to come look at. A horse that she thinks might be a good fit for me.
The horse is a Mare. Noted to be quiet and calm, with the Western Pleasure gaits that I experienced with horses in my past, and recently on Petey.
I head up to take a look at her in an hour. Taking my saddle with me.
I'm interested in what your thoughts on Mares vs Geldings (or if you even have a vs in your thoughts)?
Do you prefer one over the other? If so, why?
If you prefer a Mare, do you use a hormonal supplement like Regu-Mate?
If you don't use a supplement, does the heat cycle impact on your riding?
Thanks for taking the time to respond to the above questions as I open my mind to the possibility of having a Mare in my future.