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    01-15-2012, 01:46 AM
My gelding decidedly does not like most men. He will tolerate certain men, like the farrier (as long as he approaches from the side) and one of the other boarders, and he does love our BO (who basically raised him from a weanling til I bought him, so they do have a special bond). However, if a man walks past him while he's tied, he will pivot to keep the man in his line of sight. If a man comes up to his stall, he will (generally) observe them from the other side of the stall and make no move to be friendly. Even enticements of food (for a growing 2.5yo draft cross) aren't enough to get him to accept most men. It has been tried. Women and children, on the other hand, can do just about anything to him and he could care less. He has never had a bad experience with men to my knowledge. I was told (by the BO, the BO's two sons and one of the guys who kind of works at the barn) that about six months before I bought him, he decided that he just didn't like men. If a random woman were to stand at one end of his stall, a random man at the other, and a random child in the middle, Aires would more than likely go to the child.

I can't say about in the saddle, as the only three people who have ever ridden Aires have been women (myself, the trainer at the barn and my friend).
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    01-15-2012, 03:39 AM
Out of seven there are only a few that seem to prefer one gender over another. We have an OTTB mare that does not like women at all, but adores men and children. One QH gelding doesn't like men, but I think it is because he doesn't like a "big" voice used on him.
    01-15-2012, 03:46 AM
Yes, an appy gelding I had HATED any man that sat on his back but rode like a dream for any woman.

The only guy he ever even care for on the ground was my boyfriend, and I think that is only because he spoiled him with treats every time I turned around.

I also knew a horse that would lock up its knees and pass out if it saw a black person, funniest thing ever. It did not matter what he was doing at the time he would fall like a sack of potatoes. I would say he was definitely racist, funny thing was he was dark bay almost black himself :)

I almost forgot. There was a OTTB mare at a barn I used to work at that had to be pastured and stalled by herself and away from any male anything. She would nut up (in a good way like all happy) if she even smelled anything male, horse or human. She was a brood mare for a few years so we all thought maybe that had something to do with it. She was sold after having her last baby, it ripped her pretty bad causing her not to be able to be bred ever again.
    01-15-2012, 03:48 AM
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My mare loves big, deep voiced, quiet natured men. She was bred, raised, and broke by men of that discription. It's what she's use to. I've found she doesn't test new riders if they are males. She behaves without a hitch, but will throw out some annoying misbehaviors for beginner females. And females in general, really. She never tires of testing my trainer and only tolerated me for the first six months I owned her.

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