Mares vs. Geldings

It’s no secret; I’m not fond of mares. I always found them to be moody and temperamental, so much like their human counter parts, and I decided I wanted to be the only female on the Triple H Ranch.

Now that the number of females (Cricket, Sugar and Me) equals the number of males (Cuzzin, Kobi, and Les), it was time to rethink my dislike of females. I came across an article recently written by Christa Leste-Lasserre, Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined.  I thought it would support and back up my way of thinking (very open-minded, I know!) So it took me a few weeks to read it; again, I knew what it was going to say so there was no rush to read it.

Was I wrong! The study, based on a very small number of fillies and colts, showed that fillies are more curious and braver in new situation than colts. Who knew! Granted, I feel there needs to be much more research than one small study to completely change my mind of preferring geldings over mares, I will at least think twice before yelling “MARE!” when Sugar does something completely stupid – or maybe she’s doing it because she’s so much smarter than I am…hmmm.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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2 Responses to Mares vs. Geldings

  1. Toni says:

    Some how I missed this one! I love it! It makes me think about doing research on this topic…hello grad school!

  2. I think you should….

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