I have always been fascinated by the mare/gelding thing. Meaning, why some people claim they will never own mares, only geldings. Or why some people only seem to have mares, like my sister Paint Girl, who owns three of them and has, her entire life, only had mares. Well, except one Shetland Pony gelding that I passed down on to her.
Maggie, the Morgan mare I learned to ride on.
Myself, I have had four geldings, and only one mare- the very last horse I owned before my 16 year horsey-hiatus. When I went on the hunt for a horse again two years ago, I did not necessarily intend to get a gelding. In fact, most of my prospective searches turned up Quarter Horse mares.
The book Mares! (Ya Gotta LOVE ‘em) is a must-read for anyone who has ever owned a mare. The book's subtitle is "Fifty Stories to Aid and Inspire Mare Owners." The book's tales are compiled by Betsy Kelleher.
Here is the review of the book:
Mares often require special handling before their best side is evident ~ Betsy Kelleher
In Mares! (Ya Gotta LOVE ’em), Betsy Kelleher has assembled a diverse collection of tales representing different breeds and backgrounds. Each of the fifty stories has one thing in common – they are an inspired tribute to the elusive Mare. The book is also about women, and the essence of being female is an interwoven theme. The original true stories, written by 38 different mare owners, enlighten and entertain while introducing us to the seeming paradoxical nature of mares – from stubborn to loving to dangerous to protective and loyal.
Mary Wynn Craig’s Lisa, the quarter horse with the permanent scowl, will capture your heart. Trainer Ron Meredith includes an excellent article on Gender Differences: Training Mares. If you’ve ever loved and lost any horse, you’ll cry when young Erin Landers tells the tale of Duchess, her very first horse. You’ll root for Factor, the thoroughbred brood mare, in Chiropractic Saves a Life. Helen Farley sticks with her little bay Abby, despite repeated admonishments about mares being no good, in the touching Kindred Females.
This book acknowledges the unexplainable moments present in the lives of horse owners and encourages us to find God at work even in more difficult situations. Some of the stories are completely zany and others touch on profound sorrow, yet lessons of love and hope show up in each tender tale, alongside practical tips for handling your mare.
Mares! will leave an impression on every horse lover and is an irresistible read for those moments when you just want to take care of you.
Betsy Kelleher’s first riding horse was a Percheron mare from her grandfather’s work team on an Iowa farm. She writes a monthly column for the Illinois Horse Network newspaper. Her website, Sometimes God Uses Horses shares her columns, horse photos and information about her books.
Reviewed by Carol M. Upton: http://www.dreamsaloud.ca/. Be sure to check out Carol's site, she does some pretty amazing work and is a horse lover herself!
Copies of the book are available from the author, who right now is offering a Christmas special! If you buy one book, you get one one half off. She has another book out, as well. Check it out at www.goduseshorses.com.
So tell me- are you a mare or gelding fan? Does it even matter to you? I'm curious about your experience, have you typically owned more geldings or mares in your life? Was that intentional or random?