Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I ride a mare on trails and she's always an angel. While she doesn't prefer being leader, she will do fine if I ask it of her. The geldings I rode on trails were a bit iffy-er in their training, so I can't say mares are better than geldings based off my experience.
Though, I've had both mares I've ridden give me more effort than the geldings. Dude especially had his own agenda, he'd only run full-out if we were racing in the field with others (he'd always end up last, lol), and while he'd give me more effort in the arena than any of his other riders, it was never his all. He was rather spooky on the trails too, no matter where he was in the group.
Personally though, I think it all depends on the bond the horse/rider has, not really the gender. I've had bigger blow-ups when I started working with the mares, but I appreciated that they were all headstrong and came around with a bit of work as opposed to the geldings who did everything half-heartedly when I started working with them with fewer blow-ups that had a lot less "umph".
My friend has a gelding that will do anything that's asked of him by anyone whole-heartedly though, and that's just his personality along with his training. Any sex will give it's all with training and a desire to please or is doing what it likes. Example being, Dude gave more in the arena working on barrels/poles than he ever did on trails, because he obviously liked it more.
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