Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I love my mares, and will take a mare over a gelding any day. That said, My mare had a colt this year that's definitely a keeper, and he'll be gelded as soon as he's weaned.
The first horse I rode was a gelding, and I came off 7 times. I'm lucky I survived the first several rides on him. First horse I owned was a filly that I broke myself. I then started several other fillies and a gelding. The gelding was nice, just a bit lack luster and boring. You said go, he went, but you actually had to build a relationship with the mares. Once you have their trust and respect, you have a great partner.
Some really crazy horses I've ridden were geldings, some mares. some unpredictable, mean, reactive, unstable members of each gender.
So in short, while I prefer mares, its all about the individual.