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Horse vs. Mare — What's the Difference?

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A horse is a large domesticated four-legged mammal, while a mare is specifically an adult female horse.
Horse vs. Mare — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Horse and Mare

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Key Differences

A horse is a broad term for a species of large domesticated mammals known for their strength, speed, and ability to be ridden. They come in various breeds and can be male or female, with a long history of association with human development.
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A mare is specifically a mature female horse, typically over the age of three. Mares can be used for work, riding, and breeding purposes. The term is exclusively used to denote the female of the species, distinguishing her from her male counterparts, such as stallions or geldings.
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Horses have played a vital role in transportation, agriculture, and sports. They vary in size from the towering draft breeds to the petite ponies, serving different roles depending on their build and temperament. The term 'horse' encompasses all members of the species Equus ferus caballus.
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In contrast, mares have a unique role in equine reproduction and are often noted for their maternal behavior. The management of mares includes a consideration of their reproductive cycle, especially if they are part of a breeding program. Mares can also exhibit distinct behaviors from male horses due to hormonal differences.
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While the term 'horse' is neutral regarding gender, the term 'mare' is laden with gender-specific connotations, especially in the context of breeding and temperament. The health and care requirements for a mare, particularly when pregnant or nursing, are different from those of a male horse or a young female (filly).
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A large domesticated ungulate
An adult female horse
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Gender

Gender-neutral term
Specifically female
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Age

Can refer to any age
Typically refers to horses over 3 years
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Usage

General riding, work, sport
Specific to breeding, riding, work
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Behavior

Varies widely between individuals
May have distinct behaviors due to reproductive cycle
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Compare with Definitions

Horse

Riding animal
She competed in the race on her fastest horse.
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Mare

Female horse
The mare nurtured her new foal.
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Horse

The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is a domesticated one-toed hoofed mammal. It belongs to the taxonomic family Equidae and is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus.
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Mare

Adult equine female
He chose a mare to lead the breeding program.
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Horse

A large plant-eating domesticated mammal with solid hoofs and a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.
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Mare

Breeding female
The mare was expecting a foal in the spring.
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Horse

A frame or structure on which something is mounted or supported, especially a sawhorse.
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Mare

Distinct gender
Among the group, one mare stood out for her calm demeanor.
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Horse

A unit of horsepower
A 63-horse engine
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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 three and younger. In Thoroughbred horse racing, a mare is defined as a female horse more than four years old.
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Horse

Heroin.
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Mare

An adult female horse or the adult female of other equine species.
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Horse

An obstruction in a vein.
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Mare

An adult female horse.
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Horse

Provide (a person or vehicle) with a horse or horses
Six men, horsed, masked, and armed
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Mare

A foolish woman.
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Horse

A large hoofed mammal (Equus caballus) having a short coat, a long mane, and a long tail, domesticated since ancient times and used for riding and for drawing or carrying loads.
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Mare

A type of evil spirit formerly thought to sit on the chest of a sleeping person; also, the feeling of suffocation felt during sleep, attributed to such a spirit.
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Horse

An adult male horse; a stallion.
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Mare

A nightmare; a frustrating or terrible experience.
I'm having a complete mare today.
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Horse

Any of various equine mammals, such as the wild Asian species Przewalski's horse or certain extinct forms related ancestrally to the modern horse.
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Mare

(planetology) A large, dark plain, which may have the appearance of a sea.
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Horse

A frame or device, usually with four legs, used for supporting or holding.
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Mare

(planetology) On Saturn's moon Titan, any of several lakes which are large expanses of what is thought to be liquid hydrocarbons.
Kraken Mare (a lake of liquid hydrocarbons on Titan which is slightly larger than the Caspian Sea)
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Horse

(Sports) A vaulting horse.
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Mare

Obsolete form of mayor
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Horse

(Slang) Heroin.
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Mare

Obsolete form of mair
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Horse

Often horses Horsepower
A muscle car with 400 horses under the hood.
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Mare

The female of the horse and other equine quadrupeds.
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Horse

Mounted soldiers; cavalry
A squadron of horse.
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Mare

Sighing, suffocative panting, intercepted utterance, with a sense of pressure across the chest, occurring during sleep; the incubus; - obsolete, except in the compound nightmare.
I will ride thee o' nights like the mare.
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Horse

A block of rock interrupting a vein and containing no minerals.
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Mare

Female equine animal
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Horse

A large block of displaced rock that is caught along a fault.
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Mare

A dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
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Horse

To provide with a horse.
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Mare

Maternal equine
The mare shielded her young from the storm.
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Horse

To haul or hoist energetically
"Things had changed little since the days of the pyramids, with building materials being horsed into place by muscle power" (Henry Allen).
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Horse

To be in heat. Used of a mare.
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Horse

Of or relating to a horse
A horse blanket.
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Horse

Mounted on horses
Horse guards.
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Horse

Drawn or operated by a horse.
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Horse

Larger or cruder than others in the same category
Horse pills.
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Horse

A hoofed mammal, Equus ferus caballus, often used throughout history for riding and draft work.
A cowboy's greatest friend is his horse.
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Horse

Any member of the species Equus ferus, including the Przewalski's horse and the extinct Equus ferus ferus.
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Horse

(zoology) Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including zebras and asses.
These bone features, distinctive in the zebra, are actually present in all horses.
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Horse

Cavalry soldiers (sometimes capitalized when referring to an official category).
We should place two units of horse and one of foot on this side of the field.
All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again.
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Horse

A component of certain games.
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Horse

(slang) A large and sturdy person.
Every linebacker they have is a real horse.
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Horse

(historical) A timber frame shaped like a horse, which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.
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Horse

Equipment with legs.
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Horse

In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high, sometimes (pommel horse) with two handles on top.
She's scored very highly with the parallel bars; let's see how she does with the horse.
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Horse

A frame with legs, used to support something.
A clothes horse; a sawhorse
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Horse

(nautical) Type of equipment.
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A rope stretching along a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling the sails; footrope.
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Horse

A breastband for a leadsman.
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Horse

An iron bar for a sheet traveller to slide upon.
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Horse

A jackstay.
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Horse

(mining) A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse (said of a vein) is to divide into branches for a distance.
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Horse

(US) An informal variant of basketball in which players match shots made by their opponent(s), each miss adding a letter to the word "horse", with 5 misses spelling the whole word and eliminating a player, until only the winner is left. Also HORSE, H-O-R-S-E or H.O.R.S.E. (see H-O-R-S-E).
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Horse

(uncountable) The flesh of a horse as an item of cuisine.
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Horse

(prison slang) A prison guard who smuggles contraband in or out for prisoners.
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Horse

A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination.
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Horse

Horseplay; tomfoolery.
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Horse

(slang) Heroin drug.
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Horse

(intransitive) To frolic, to act mischievously. (Usually followed by "around".)
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Horse

(transitive) To play mischievous pranks on.
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Horse

(transitive) To provide with a horse; supply horses for.
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(obsolete) To get on horseback.
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Horse

To sit astride of; to bestride.
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Horse

(of a male horse) To copulate with (a mare).
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Horse

To take or carry on the back.
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Horse

To place (someone) on the back of another person, or on a wooden horse, chair, etc., to be flogged or punished.
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Horse

(by extension) To flog.
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Horse

(transitive) To pull, haul, or move (something) with great effort, like a horse would.
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Horse

(informal) To cram (food) quickly, indiscriminately or in great volume.
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Horse

To urge at work tyrannically.
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Horse

To charge for work before it is finished.
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Horse

A hoofed quadruped of the genus Equus; especially, the domestic horse (Equus caballus), which was domesticated in Egypt and Asia at a very early period. It has six broad molars, on each side of each jaw, with six incisors, and two canine teeth, both above and below. The mares usually have the canine teeth rudimentary or wanting. The horse differs from the true asses, in having a long, flowing mane, and the tail bushy to the base. Unlike the asses it has callosities, or chestnuts, on all its legs. The horse excels in strength, speed, docility, courage, and nobleness of character, and is used for drawing, carrying, bearing a rider, and like purposes.
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Horse

The male of the genus Equus, in distinction from the female or male; usually, a castrated male.
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Horse

Mounted soldiery; cavalry; - used without the plural termination; as, a regiment of horse; - distinguished from foot.
The armies were appointed, consisting of twenty-five thousand horse and foot.
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Horse

A frame with legs, used to support something; as, a clotheshorse, a sawhorse, etc.
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A frame of timber, shaped like a horse, on which soldiers were made to ride for punishment.
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Horse

Anything, actual or figurative, on which one rides as on a horse; a hobby.
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Horse

A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse - said of a vein - is to divide into branches for a distance.
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Horse

A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination; - called also trot, pony, Dobbin.
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Horse

Heroin.
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Horse

Horsepower.
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Horse

To provide with a horse, or with horses; to mount on, or as on, a horse.
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Horse

To sit astride of; to bestride.
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Horse

To mate with (a mare); - said of the male.
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Horse

To take or carry on the back; as, the keeper, horsing a deer.
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Horse

To place on the back of another, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flogged; to subject to such punishment.
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Horse

To get on horseback.
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Horse

Solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
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Horse

A padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
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Horse

Troops trained to fight on horseback;
500 horse led the attack
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Horse

A framework for holding wood that is being sawed
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Horse

A chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
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Horse

Provide with a horse or horses
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Horse

Large mammal
The horse galloped across the meadow.
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Horse

Domesticated ungulate
They used the horse to plow the fields.
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Horse

Work beast
The farm's horse was essential for heavy lifting.
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Horse

Equine species
The wild horse roamed freely on the plains.
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Common Curiosities

Can 'horse' refer to the species as a whole?

Yes, 'horse' can denote the entire species Equus ferus caballus.
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Can the term 'horse' refer to both male and female?

Yes, 'horse' is a gender-neutral term.
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Is every female horse a mare?

Only adult female horses over the age of three are typically called mares.
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What is a male horse called?

An adult male horse is called a stallion, and a castrated male is called a gelding.
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Do mares have different nutritional needs than male horses?

Mares may have different nutritional needs, especially when pregnant or nursing.
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Is there a behavior difference between a mare and a stallion?

Yes, due to hormonal differences, mares and stallions may exhibit different behaviors.
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Are all mares used for breeding?

Not all mares are used for breeding; some may be used for work or riding.
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What is a young female horse called?

A young female horse is called a filly.
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How is a mare different from a gelding?

A mare is a female horse, while a gelding is a castrated male horse.
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Are mares ever referred to as 'horses'?

Yes, mares fall under the general category of horses.
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How long is the gestation period for a mare?

The gestation period for a mare is typically around 11 months.
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How do you identify a mare?

A mare can be identified by her feminine build and, if observed closely, the absence of male genitalia.
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What's the equivalent term for a mare in other animal species?

In cattle, a female is called a cow, and in deer, a doe.
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Can mares participate in competitive sports?

Yes, mares can compete in horse sports just like male horses.
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Are there horse breeds where the term 'mare' is not used?

The term 'mare' is universally used across all horse breeds to denote adult females.
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