Are stallions faster than mares

Decision support for mare, gelding or stallion

Everyone knows the prejudices against the horse sexes. There is talk of the difficult stallions, the bitchy mares and the somewhat lamb-like geldings. But what is really there?

What is the difference between a stallion, a gelding and a mare? The hormones partly control the behavior of horses, just like us humans. Therefore, the different behavior of the sexes is understandable and understandable. Although every horse is an individual, there are clear differences. On average, geldings are easier to handle than stallions and mares, more capricious and bitchy.

However, there are some advantages of each gender. Here we go!

This is typical for stallions

Stallions are great to look at. With her lofty gait and full mane and tail, you can get a plus point at a tournament. This showing off is for women and is intended to showcase the vitality that speaks for healthy offspring.

Due to their strong testosterone, stallions can be very fixated on mares and therefore always need consistent guidance. They are too easily distracted by other horses and begin to neigh or impress.

Nevertheless, there are stallions who are very calm and trusting. In our experience, however, these tend to be the minority.

If you want an imposing horse that has excellent gaits, you will be happy with a stallion.

In order for a stallion to have a life that is as appropriate to the species as possible, it should not be in solitary confinement. There are stables that offer grazing for stallions. If the stallion gets along, a gelding can become a good friend.

Read more: What is species-appropriate horse keeping?

Stallions only belong in the hands of experienced riders. Anyone who cannot or does not want to show consistent leadership with a stallion will very quickly dance around with their stallion.

Mares are like that

We already had two mares and we have to confirm the stereotypes. Our mares were and are a bit bitchy at times: people kick out if the gallop is simply given too far back.

However, depending on the hormonal situation, this behavior changes and you can deal with a mare quite normally. In contrast to stallions, mares are easier to work with.

Just like in the herd, our mares have developed a closer relationship with us humans than our geldings. There is screaming and mumbling and you can see more emotions in the horse than in geldings, for example.

Our mare has a very best friend in the herd. She does not leave her side. Both go for a walk through the open stable together.

In the herd, mares have more arguments. There is more fighting for feeding places and the order of precedence is discussed. A hoof can fly at this point.

Typical gelding

Geldings are considered lamb-pious and perfect for beginners. And yes - our geldings really are.

When we had Doonie neutered, we were able to follow the development from stallion to gelding. As a stallion there were some arguments and discussions that had to be conducted. Once the castration was performed, this behavior slowly but steadily decreased.

Now, after more than a year as a gelding, we have a calm gelding who is quicker and easier to persuade.

Geldings want to please the rider and are easy to deal with. However, we have the feeling that geldings do not form very close bonds. They look forward to their people, but afterwards they go their own way again.

When you work with a gelding, it works faster with you. When it comes to mares, people talk about it and in the end they lose out. Geldings tend to be balancing and calm, consistent repetition helps very well here.

Advantages and disadvantages of stallion, gelding and mare

The stallion impresses with his imposing appearance. Further advantages and disadvantages are:

  • Stallions are more dominant and like to and often discuss with their humans
  • Stallions have better gaits and more space than mares and geldings
  • The mane, tail and building are very pronounced and imposing
  • Due to their hormones, stallions are constantly trying to find a mare. Therefore, stallions are easily distracted and must be treated very consistently.
  • Stallions should only be kept by experienced riders.
  • Keeping stallions can be difficult. A stallion should never live his life alone in a box. A stable with grazing for stallions must always be found. Maybe the stallion can be socialized with a gelding.

Mares are the other extreme:

  • Due to the hormonal fluctuations, there are definitely bitchy phases.
  • A mare doesn't argue, she just doesn't do it at all. In the other case, as with a stallion, you have to be consistent and know when to discuss and when the mare is just bitchy.
  • Mares can have very good and close relationships with their humans. Mares also have close relationships with other horses.
  • Mares can distribute well in the herd. The hooves can fly here when another horse doesn't do what is said.

The gelding - neither stallion nor mare:

  • Lamb-pious and uncomplicated at best
  • Geldings work faster and better than stallions and mares
  • Because of their calmer nature they can be kept together with mares. After a few discussions, you prefer to do what the ladies say.
  • Ideally suited as a leisure horse, also for beginners and unsafe riders
  • Geldings are said to grow bigger than stallions - read on here how you can tell how big your horse is: How long does a horse grow?

Why your horse can be very different

Every horse is an individual after all. This way, your gelding can continue to have stallion manners if it was laid too late.

Your mare may have low hormone levels so that the cycle-related moods are no longer noticeable.

We also know stallions from previous stables, you don't even notice them. There is little impression and there is good cooperation with the rider.

Just like us humans, our horses are also controlled by their hormones.

This is different for every horse and therefore the typical of a stallion, gelding or mare can appear in your horse in a weakened or intensified form.

Summary - this is how the sexes really are

Proverbs such as: discuss with the stallion, ask the mare and tell the gelding, there are many.

The prejudices against the sexes cannot be dismissed out of hand. So we can confirm the following clichés:

  • Stallions are dominant and argue with humans
  • Mares are bitchy and resentful
  • Geldings do what a person wants and are pious as a lamb

However, every horse remains an individual and has its own character traits in addition to these gender specifics. A gelding can also argue well and a stallion can be bitchy.

Despite all the prejudices we should not forget the horses and their personal characteristics behind the role models.

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