Why don’t the Spanish ride their mares?
Why don’t the Spanish ride Generally the mares aren’t used for riding but some are, and especially withing the “doma vaquera” discipline. I have actually heard some older Spanish horse men say that the mares are in heat so often and when they are in heat the area around their uterus gets inflamed slightly and they get more sensitive over their backs and working them then is a shame as they might feel pain. This makes it harder to train a mare consistently than a stallion. I don’t know if this is true but it was interesting to know that there might be a reason as to why they are not so frequently used for riding. The other reason is of course that the Spanish have a slight macho culture and would not ride a mare because of this. “A man rides a stallion” I can imagine them say to each other…their mares?