I totally agree, if you're confident, your horse will be.There are some horses that may have never been on trail before, but having a competent rider gives the horse the confidence in new surroundings or uncertain circumstances. Even if the horse balks or acts up, the competent rider will be able to handle the situation properly and end with a positive result.
I would like to disagree with you here, if that is alright. I have worked with studs, geldings and mares, all whom had different personalities, which in turn affected the way they needed to be handled, not because of their sex. I've worked with mares that acted like studs, studs that acted like geldings and geldings that have acted like mares.I don't start mares and I assume they would be different.
I actually prefer to ride alone. I have 2 ladies that like to ride with me but I find people just slow me down or force me to compromise. I prefer not to talk alot since it takes away from my quiet time, my time with my boy.I guess I've gotten spoiled having people to ride with :lol: