Mare or Gelding -
I know this is often discussed, and I know opinions vary greatly - but I'm weighing options for my specific circumstances. I've posted several times lately as I'm looking at different horses, so won't give all the background. Basically, I'm 52... probably would be classified advanced beginner (my immediate goal is to reach "confident beginner" status lol). I have a good support system, mentors, and a great boarding arrangement. We do simple trail and pasture riding.
I'm often advised by very experienced riders to get a gelding because they are generally easier to get along with (if you get the right one of course). My horse will be pastured with mares, though, and I've also been advised by people whose opinion I greatly respect not to put a gelding in with mares (that it's inviting trouble). The existing herd is 2 geriatric mares, and 2 younger mares (7 and 9). The 7 year old is especially dominant and animated, and always gives underlings grief.
So, opinions? What trumps? I'm currently looking at a mare and at a gelding - (they are very different animals and I'm not sure either is the right choice), but hypothetically if all things were equal - which would you choose? Thanks