Mare

A mare is an adult female horse or other equine.

In most cases, a mare is a female horse over the age of three, and a filly is a female horse age three and younger. However, in Thoroughbred horse racing, a mare is defined as a female horse more than four years old. The word can also be used for other female equine animals, particularly mules and zebras, though a female donkey is usually called a "jenny." A broodmare is a mare used for breeding. A horse's female parent is known as its dam.

An adult male horse is called a stallion, or, if castrated, a gelding. Occasionally the term "horse" is used in a restrictive sense to designate only a male horse.

Read more about Mare:  Reproductive Cycle, Behavior, Uses, Etymology

Famous quotes containing the word mare:

    A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
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    By silver reeds in a silver stream.
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    Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
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    And how the silence surged softly backward,
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    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)