Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
I am not saying there are not people who use it as an excuse. I am just saying that cycles can cause moods that have to be dealt with.
Exactly. Hormones are stronger in some horses than others. Geldings can still acty studdy. Heck, I have a mare that acts studdy.
Boils down to the horse. Age, sex, color, height, breed - as individual components only matter if you have a specific goal. You can't show a QH at an Arab show.
For me the bottom line would come to two things - Does their personality fit yours - and the others (human, horse, dog, cat, etc) that they must live with? Can the horse do what I want it to do? (trail, cut, pen, jump, etc)