I've always wondered-- is it just me, or do any of ya'll have a horse gender that works better for you? I've noticed I really don't get along that well with many mare's, but when it comes to geldings & studs, 98% of the time we click quickly & have a great relationship. My boyfriend & one of my friends have all mare's, & they say mare's are better for them. I've always wondered about this.
I always thought I preferred geldings. I certainly have the most experience with them. But I have one mare now that is just the sweetest, most wonderful thing! So I would be very open to owning another mare, if she were sweet and well trained.
What I don't like is the super hormonal, cranky, nasty-to-other-horses type mare. But I have only known one or two of those. Those are the kind of mares that give all mares a bad reputation. But I have known a few mares now and finally own one myself, and I think the good ones outnumber the bad. I can't even tell when my mare is in heat.....unless she pees a lot on a trail ride, then I will suspect it. But she's not cranky and nasty. She's just sweet every day of the month. :)
So I guess to answer your question, I find I prefer individual horses, not a specific gender.
I've always had easier experiences with geldings, mare's I've had some great ones, & I've had some horrible moody ones. I guess it's all on the mare. My friend has a mare she's so moody unless she's in heat, then she's a "omg I love you so much" type horse then. Ha