Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
The reining horse would be your better choice, unless you have time to work with the horse, experience in training, or want to pay to have someone work with the second horse. I think the training for reining isn't bad for a horse that is going to be for trail riding. That horse is just going to be soft and more sensitive to your cues and will listen better. Even though reining is more by leg cues and seat cues (I think), the basic riein controls are still there. We don't do reining but do trail ride. I like to have my horses know how to go off leg cues and neck rein, but I can still go back to the basics with them for a beginner rider, pull right rein to go right, pull left to go left and both to stop. They don't forget if they have advanced training.
The second horse would have to be worked with to deal with the herd bound issue and that it doesn't always need to have contact on the bit. Some horses are just plain antsy, and some of those can be taught to relax. Some are just prone to high anxiety and won't calm down. Seems like the second horse may have anxiety issues, but that could be from the herd bound issue.
If you are looking for a horse that you can hop on and go from the beginning, I would pick the first. If you don't mind putting time and work into the second horse before you want to ride, then you could get the second.
P.S. Even though I'm biased towards mares, I didn't base my opinion on their gender, just on how you described them. Some people say geldings are more relable and mares are moodier, but it all depends on the horse.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!
Last edited by usandpets; 04-25-2011 at 08:15 AM.