I know you have lots of replies already, but it's always fun to add your own story in right? ;)
Like many others have said, I have always heard that Geldings are easier to deal with, but I have not found (so far) that this is true. Though, they definitely are driven by different brains.
I grew up riding Mares, that's all we ever had (except for the occasional Stallion), my Grandpa lived in an area and era where you needed to have breeding stock, and it just carried over to my childhood. I loved almost every one of those Mares. I started riding on my mother's old show Mare, JoJo, and she was possibly the best horse to begin on. She took care of you almost like a mother would. She knew we were small and fragile and carried us as such. I moved on to an old sway back mare, a little after my mother's died. She had a little more of an attitude and made me learn how to deal with riding being hard. I also learned to ride bareback on her because she had a "built in saddle". I started showing on a mare out of JoJo. She had a mind of her own, but once you figured it out she was a piece of cake. I swear she was in heat 24/7, she wasn't cranky, but was a little to friendly with others, and as a child I had to hang out with my friends at shows, because of that she would get buddy sour when separated from horses she didn't even know. She eventually got passed on to my brother when he started showing and I had to go through a few more mares.
I ended up with my gelding after my Grandpa saw that we had clicked. He is out of our stud we had at the time and a mare Grandpa traded for. He was supposed to be sold, but Grandpa instead papered him to my name for my 11th birthday. This boy is an odd duck. He was so easy to start. He is the first and only horse so far I have broken to ride. Nothing phased him for the first six years of life, he had no get up and go and little if any buck. But that all changed haha. I love him more than I have ever loved another horse, and I certainly don't miss the cycling aspect of the mares, but some days I would swear he's in heat. He squeals and pins his ears and even bites at other horses, I have to stand by myself at horse shows. He lived in a herd of mares (obviously, because he was the only gelding we had ever owned) and I think it rubbed off on him. He has by far taught me the most about riding, because he is the emotional one and changes moods so quickly. Sometimes he's grumpy, sometimes happy go lucky. Sometimes he's pokey, sometimes he's so wound up it's ridiculous. Some days he's scared of the garbage can by the arena, sometimes he's not. I NEVER know what he will spook at (or won't) day to day. I still have yet to figure him out totally, even after 13 years.
If you click with one horse more than the other, go with that horse (even if they are kinda weird, like the above mentioned horse ;) ). In the end, for me based on my experiences, I would be willing to purchase another gelding and give it another go. I know many, many people who will only own geldings. But I won't really be making my decision based on gender. I would need to take a good look at their personality. Though maybe subconsciously I will keep picking mares, I just bought a mini mare hehe (she has a wonderful personality though).
Sorry that got so long...... I wish you the best of luck with your decision!
Duggan & Miss May
Last edited by KLJcowgirl; 01-07-2016 at 06:17 PM.
Reason: wanted to add a little more thought