I don't think it's a man/woman thing. I think it's an aggression/ confidence/mannerisms etc. Kinda thing. It just so happens that men and women usually differ in those aspects. But I don't believe it's just because you're a man, or just because your a woman. Posted via Mobile Device
Oh yes. Hormones pheromones etc are radically different in male and female mammals. Or, so I read one time.
That is what I think. If a stallion can smell a mare in heat 200 ft away, why not being able to smell the difference between the pheromones that humans give off? They might not understand that one is male and the other female but at least smell the difference.
I think horses can tell men and women apart, but I think they care less about that and more about the energy/assertiveness/behavior of the human involved. As an example, a while ago two guys went to get my horse out of his run. One walked right up to him with the halter and my horse spun and walked off rather than standing properly. The other dude walked to the gate, stood and waited a moment looking at the horse, who then walked up to him, stood a few feet off with his head down and let himself be haltered quietly. Not man/woman, just energy/pressure/approach IMO.
Now, I will gender stereotype a little and say that guys More Often have a more high pressure direct approach that may be too much. Women More Often go the other way and don't always use enough pressure for the situation... but I know outliers on both sides.
I know someone who has a mare, and whenever the owner is about to get her period, her horse will pin her ears at her and then in a couple hours or a day she will get her period.. Interesting, I believed that they could tell men/women apart before she told me that, but that just settles it for me!