Mares vs. Stallions/Geldings - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Which gender do you think is the hardest to train?
Mares 4 23.53%
Stallions 11 64.71%
Geldings 2 11.76%
Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 09-22-2007, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington, USA
Posts: 21
• Horses: 2
Mares vs. Stallions/Geldings

I was reading the latest issue of Horse & Rider (October 2007 issue) and I found an article by the trainer Bob Avila in which he says that he thinks that gender does matter when training a horse. I was wondering if some of you thought that mares are more challenging. I really don't know what to think. I've trained a few horses in my life and so far the mares have been more of a challenge, I just don't know if it was their personalities or not. So, could you guys help me by answering my poll and maybe giving a reason?
Grahamstephani is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 09-22-2007, 04:10 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 37
• Horses: 0
In my experience, mares have been harder to train than geldings. They seem to have more of an attitude and a mind of their own. Geldings are generally docile and forgiving when it comes to training.

I won't even consider stallions. I have seen a lot of bad things happen when inexperienced horse people handle stallions. They should be left to the experts in my opinion.
kat399 is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 09-22-2007, 04:29 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Posts: 1,730
• Horses: 1
I don't know if stallions are hard, per se, but they take more self-discipline, confidence and repetition. You should always be a step ahead of the horse in training, but with stallions, I think its imperative. Mares can have their 'moody' days...sometimes you aren't sure how they are going to react to something. So I guess I can see how a professional might see mares as harder; they can be more unpredictable, while a stallion's behavior can be more predictable but takes a more disciplined training program.
Sara is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 09-22-2007, 06:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Waxhaw NC
Posts: 194
• Horses: 0
I am going to have to say stallions but mares are not far behind LOL, gelding are the easiest because they aren't thinking about breeding.
Flying B is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 09-22-2007, 07:01 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 10,620
• Horses: 5
I have nothing to compare my mares with since we have always had girls. The mares we have now, we bought bred and they had fillys. I love my mares, I think they are loyal loving horses. I have had mares in the past that have gotten a little bitchy when in season but the mare I ride now seems to get more loving and attentive when in season. Their babys have been quick to learn and easy to train (not under saddle yet) so far. They get their bath stand for farrier and pretty much take everything in stride. I guess I am sold on mares.
Vidaloco is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 09-24-2007, 08:05 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Mares can be VERY bitchy in season (at least mine). But I still prefer mares over geldings - they just have lots more personality and own mind (in my opinion). Of course, there are exceptions on both sides though...
kitten_Val is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 09-25-2007, 01:58 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Posts: 1,351
• Horses: 11
I really think that geldings are the most trainable in general. My stallion is a doll of a stallion, but still his training has taken exteme consistency, repetition, and constant training. It is hard to just let loose and relax with a stallion, because it everything is a trainable moment. He is a willing learner, but he is so easily distracted by other horses. It takes a lot of energy to just keep him focused. I will say that training him has been really rewarding just because when you invest that much work in something it feels really good to see it pay off!

Our geldings pick things up really fast. My eight year old gelding was started on jumping last year - he took to it wonderfully. This season he is jumping 3'9"-4' jumps. The girl who has been riding him always teaches him little trickes too that he picks up like a snap.

I am not sure where I stand on mares yet (it seems to vary). Our mare is smart, but a bit stubborn. She acts like she is a little princess :)
AKPaintLover is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 09-25-2007, 06:46 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
When I was working at the selling barn the most quiet and kid-safe horses were geldings for sure. However the best trained (for experienced(!) rider) and most fun to ride were mares. Lol!

I think the studs are most difficult to train (looking at my friends' studs at least).
kitten_Val is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 09-30-2007, 06:41 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 412
• Horses: 10
Well, I've started mares, geldings, and stallions and honestly I'd have to say that it depends on the horse, and it's innage personality and intelligence. My stallion is soooo layed back and well disciplined that most don't even realize he's a stallion. (until they look! 8) ) He tries so hard for me and usually picks up on things very quickly.

I've had mares that are witchy, but they were always like that, and others who were so easy to train it amazed me.

I've also had stubborn geldings and geldings who were not the sharpest tools in the shed and was really glad that they were in fact gelded. (don't want to pass that on!)

So, to me, it all depends on the individual horse. Not some stero-type.
TxHorseMom is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 09-30-2007, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: In the backyard
Posts: 36
• Horses: 0
As a rule I'd have to say studs are the hardest. Because if you think about it, all those hormones raging around screaming at the horse to go and breed are not good if you are trying to teach him something. Studs also tend to be a bit mouthy.

I don't know about geldings as I've never owned one. I've always had mares, and the oldest is a 9-yr.-old who doesn't give me much trouble and she picks stuff up fairly quickly. She;s just antisocial. The fillies I have are absolute sweethearts, love people and learn so fast.

Colletta~ Chestnut Morab mare

Violet~ Bay roan Arabian yearling

Shiska~ Chestnun Morab foal
M~R~N is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome