Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I personally will only own a mare as my personal horse.
Geldings are great and (in my experience) less intelligent than mares, as the rule, though there are exceptions. I've never gotten the competativeness or personality from a gelding that I have from a mare.
I have no problem working with geldings, but my personal horses will be mares because I've never met one I didn't at least click with personality wise thus far in my life. Sure, I'd love to be able to make my horse do what I want, but I find much more partnership with one I can't make do what I want and we have to work together to get whatever it is done.
But, I can't tell you what gender to get, because it's a personal decision. Sure I'll have geldings too, and I may ride them everyday, but the horse I'll have the biggest bond with is most likely going to be a mare. I worked great with Dude, a draft cross gelding, but I had a true partnership with my Pretty Mare that was my lease horse. I have every intention of buying her as soon as I sell my training project..if I can, I made the mistake of getting a mare and already feel a small bond between us after only a month of owning her.
Go look at every horse that sounds like what you want, regardless of gender and choose one.
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