Originally Posted by horse happy
I've read that in the past the bedouins of old would only ride into battle on their mares, which I think attests to mares and their determination and worth ethic.
And Knights of old took stallions first. Same work ethic with more power, fight and determination in them. Depends on the kind of fighting you plan to do from horseback. A stallion certainly is the way to go in an outnumbered fight where you don't plan to run away (so they work equally well in a fight where numbers are in your favor).
I may own only mares now, but my riding preference can't alter reality. Not much competes with a stallion when it's blood is up. They'll plow through anything (or at least attempt to) and fight anything.
Mares "lead" a herd. Stallions defend it. In a close in mounted fight I'd pick a well trained stallion. Like the Lippezzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School which are still trained in combat moves, but for show purposed today.
I still flirt with the idea of getting stallion again to ride (and breed), but I feel too lazy to put in the amount of work needed to make a good . I loved them when I had them, but I know the level of effort to make a good riding stallion (for being around mares, etc....) and it's just easier to have mares. (but if I was back in my 20's again......