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Re: [RC] Riding mares - Katrina Mosshammer

You just have to find the right mare. Not all mares are equal, but neither are all geldings and stallions. I had always ridden geldings as a jr. all the way through college, so I had a preference for geldings. Until I rode my appy mare; she is the sweetest horse I have ever owned. She opened up my mind to mares. So when I went looking for a horse to replace my retired gelding I ended up by a mare. She is the best horse. I've never really had any issues with mare witchy-ness with her. She had one or two attempts at witchy behavior right after I first got her but once I laid down the law and let her know I was alpha mare she has been in line. She doesn?t really change temperament when she is in heat. Most of the time I don't even know she is. In fact I did her first 100 over Labor Day and she rode the entire ride with a stallion. Both got along very well with each other. I also rode one loop on the ride this past weekend with another stallion and they also got along well. Even drinking out of the same trough together. I'm not sure that I would say geldings do better than mares. There are quite a few war mares that have proven how well they can do the sport. I know personally that I think my mare is going to be more successful in the long run than my gelding was. She's already proving that she can do very well and she does take much better care of herself than he did. I did try out one other mare before I tried the mare I bought and she and I did not have compatible temperaments. She gets along with my cousin just fine but she and I never clicked. So you really just have to find the right mare.
Have you ridden this mare yet, and if so did she have the witchy-ness that you have had with other mares? She might not be temperamental at all. When I went looking for my horse I looked for a temperament that was compatible with mine first and foremost, then conformation and size, then the horse's history. Sex of the horse wasn't really even on my list.
Katrina Mosshammer (AERC # 5763)
"Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly." - Arnold Edinborough

Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 4:50 PM
Subject: [RC] Riding mares

I am considering a mare for endurance and I must say I didn't like most of the mares I've ridden to tempermentle. I much perfer geldings. But anyway is there a way to keep them from the B@#$% ness aside from spaying them? I did a search and it would seem they don't do as well as geldings in endurance but she has all the right stuff OTHER then being a mare. Any input would be appreciated . 

[RC] Riding mares, Nasr69