I don't think I could have said it any better ...Geldings!!!!
Mares, like most females, are too temperamental (well I know I am lol).
Geldings, like most males, respond to basic things, food and a commanding female voice lol
I had a gelding first, and always thought, geldings more reliable less moody etc etc and the mares I knew were moody too!
But then I bought a filly and totally changed my mind. She and I have so much closer a relationship after 2 years than my gelding and I have after 9. And she doesnt get moody moments either. AND she loves having her lady bits cleaned which is totally unlike Lethal Weapon cleaning attempts on his majesty - nightmare!
So mares for me every time now...
My horses are the same - my gelding HAS to question everything I say, and has to have the attention BEFORE my filly - he'll happily boot her out of the way.....Im just waiting for my filly to grow up and realise that SHES the boss - cant wait for her to put the gelding in his place! (it is more usual for the MARE to be IN CHARGE of the gelding/herd, rather than the other way round).... I dont know how that relates back to their handlers though....are there many people who find that mares try and take the lead with their owners more than the geldings do??? Or do they just take charge in the field and are more willing to work with their handlers than geldings are?I prefer mares. Geldings always seem to try to be boss as if they have to make a point. I can communicate much more easily with mares. My gelding also seems to be jealous of my mare getting my attention, so he is always having a go at her when I am about, although I've watched from a distance and if I'm not there they get on fine.