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    Am I crazy???

    So I'm looking at a red headed TB mare. (she's way too cute though) Let's hear all your stories.
    And live like you aint afraid to die. And dont be scared, just enjoy your ride. Chris Ledoux ~ The Ride

    One of the smartest horses I ever rode was a chestnut mare. I'd love to have her back! Go for it.


      I don't own any, but I was very tempted by two OTTB that were bought as resale projects by my coach at the time. Both were absolutely sweet and very willing and kind under saddle.

      I have a bay mare who can be a pistol, and had a gray mare who was a close second in the silliness dept.!!! I'll never understand why chestnut mares get such a bad rap. In my experience, it's a bay and gray thing--maybe it's just a mare thing, but I love mares.

      Good luck!


        Weel, you're an eventer, right? So it doesn't matter what kind of horse you get - you're DEFINITELY crazy!

        I own a redheaded ARAB mare. (She's even got two whorls on her forehead... ) She's awesome, and I've never regretted choosing her.
        Proud member of the EDRF


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          Originally posted by Kementari View Post
          Weel, you're an eventer, right? So it doesn't matter what kind of horse you get - you're DEFINITELY crazy! :
          Oh yeah, forgot about that.
          And live like you aint afraid to die. And dont be scared, just enjoy your ride. Chris Ledoux ~ The Ride


            For someone whose least favorite coat color is chestnut, I seem to almost exclusively buy or breed them (would help if I stopped breeding to chestnut based stallions LOL). Granted several of the chestnut mares I've owned have since turned grey but I don't find chestnut mares any different behaviorally than other color mares. In fact, one of the most sensible mares I've ever owned was the chestnut 3 year old I just sold, whose second ride ever involved me climbing on her in the middle of a gravel road during an "in-hand hike" and riding her home.

            If you like her, go for it!


              Well, I am currently riding a 4 yo Chestnut TB mare who is waaaay more sensible than her dark bay mom. Though just as opinionated and athletic, slightly less b**chy and spooky.

              Third Charm Event Team


                never in my life did i think a chestnut tb mare would become my favorite horse in the world but i loooooove my daughter's sweet mare. kind and honest every single day.
                i did know a crazy chestnut mare many moons ago that i bought for a dollar. it turned out that her owner was crazy and the mare was just fine. a tad bit opinionated. but then again who isn't?


                  My little red mare pony goes intermediate and is a piece of work (read: b**ch). She puts her ears back at everyone and everything, can be impossible to catch, will fight cantering a 10 meter circle in a dressage frame with a passion, and uses her scary amount of intelligence for evil (you aren't holding my lead rope... now! And she's gone.) However, she is super competitive and loves her job and will jump anything shes pointed at. I think the characteristics that make her a little red mare and such a pain are the same ones that make her such an awesome little event horse. You ride a different horse everyday.

                  I've never known anyone who regretted their little red mare, no matter what people say. In my experience, they throw their hearts over fences and then jump after it. Go for it, you won't be disappointed. Have fun!
                  Nomini Farm

                  Madeira the Intermediate Pony!


                    Wow, Nomini, your little mare is AWESOME! How big is she?

                    I have a chestnut mare and a chestnut gelding (that makes me at least 1 1/2 times crazy, LOL) and I wish my mare was still sound enough to event. She won a lot of 3'9" jumper classes in her day and evented only to Novice before her hock arthritis caught up with her. She's 22 now, and she still has an attitude and will attempt to run off with me whenever I get on her (God help me if we're outside! ) If I point her at a jump, even now, I better hang on because we're *going*. I always had to be careful of that on XC! Unfortunately my gelding doesn't have her "killer instinct", and isn't really that suited to be an event horse. Dressage and SJ are really his thing.

                    Adams Equine Wellness


                      My one word on the topic of chestnut mares: Gwen.
                      Click here before you buy.


                        Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a chestnut person, let alone a mare person.

                        However, my darling Trak and my saint of a Paint are both redheads . I have no idea how that happened, but I wouldn't trade them for the world.They are both GELDINGS, thought.

                        Are you planning on resell? If so, then she really needs to be stellar, because a LOT of people won't look at a chestnut mare (myself included, but then, I'm not a mare person).

                        The only way I'll go look at a mare is if the person swears, one hand on the Bible, that the mare is NOT mare-ish in any way, shape, or form.

                        I've had four mares in the past, and all but one of them were mare-ish - b*tchy, opinionated, moody, sulky, you name it. The witchiest horse I've ever ridden was my friend's chestnut Appendix mare. I hated her, and I'm sure the feeling was mutual.

                        Just my two cents.
                        "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

                        So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


                          I had a bay mare for a while who was borderline nutcase: very opinionated, sensitive and spooky at times. Then I leased a chestnut mare, who, while opinionated, was as sweet as they come!


                            "Hell hath no fury like a Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare"

                            But...I wouldnt trade mine for all the money in the world!


                              Well, I have a little bay mare who's bitchy, bossy, and worth her weight in gold. And now I'm leasing a chestnut gelding who's slightly better but still shares his thoughts about...everything! So I guess I get the best of both worlds?


                                A chestnut mare taught me how to ride XC!
                                "This thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down" - Mary Pickford


                                  Currently, we have 3 chestnut mares, one TB, one QH, and one appendix. The best trail horse of all time is the TB. She has no spook. She isn't scared of trains, or dirt bikes so close I could knock the rider off with my crop, water up to her chest, nothing. She did look at the giant inflatable snowman yesterday, but I digress. It did take a while for her to decide that I was good enough for her, but after she did, she will do anything for me. No one else can ride her, though. The other two, any one can ride, they are not spooky, good on trails. I say go for it! I think people are racist if they won't even look at a chestnut mare!


                                    Here Here!!!

                                    Originally posted by hearthorse View Post
                                    "Hell hath no fury like a Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare"

                                    But...I wouldnt trade mine for all the money in the world!

                                    My old girl will be 31 next year. One of the best, bravest, most loyal horses I've ever owned or ridden!

                                    Hell hath no fury like the chestnut thoroughbred mare


                                      I bred my bay mare to a chestnut stallion and got a chestnut filly. She is now 4 years old and has been a challenge at times. She is absurdly spooky at dumb things like a squirrel running along the fence or a new jump in the ring where there was none before, but she is incredibly brave and accepting when it comes to things like having a lesson in the pouring rain while my coach walks around with an umbrella, or someone using a ladder in the barn to change a light.
                                      I took her to her first baby show a month after her 4th birthday and I was expecting 12 inch cross rails and verticals. Every fence was 2 feet and colourful with planks, gates, boxes, decorations and other things she had never seen. While she was very nervous and stopped hard at the first fence, after that, she just kept going, hopping bravely over stadium and XC fences of a type she had never seen.
                                      I have all the faith in the world in my chestnut mare.


                                        I loff my red headed mare - of course years ago I said I would never own one, so I knew it was just a matter of time After this years foal, shes loosing her broodmare status and going back to work, I can't wait.
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