They have it in their minds that geldings are always safer, more reliable horses than stallions or mares. Now any time you generalize, you can always finds exceptions. But by and large, geldings are easier to handle because they do not have their minds on sex every few seconds the way stallions do.
When starting out, you want to choose a horse with a reliable temperament; hormones like testosterone are highly linked to aggression, which is why most beginner riders are advised to steer clear of stallions. Mares and geldings are usually calmer, but there are always exceptions.
Geldings are more tolerant and will tolerate more mistakes, and boy do we make mistakes when we first start riding. The mares expect you to figure it out and get better, and they expect it soon. So a sensitive mare would not be a good fit, but an older tolerant mare may work just fine if she is not moody when in heat.
Of course we all know that there are multitudes of very successful geldings. And in fact while stallions may develop more muscle than geldings, this can just as easily become a hindrance as a help, since excessive muscle can lead to stiffness. More muscle also burns more energy, making stallions more expensive to keep.
Stallion behavior is caused almost exclusively by the presence of testosterone. In most cases, the cause of stallion-like behavior actually DOES relate to the presence of testosterone in the circulation. A normal gelding should have a very low blood testosterone level.
1,3 After castration, approximately 20% to 30% of geldings display masculine behavior toward mares and aggression toward other horses, and approximately 5% display aggression toward humans.
Nipping, rearing, prancing, calling and other high jinx and horsing around are normal behavior. Geldings are generally more placid & predictable and much easier to handle and this is why many male horses are gelded. The gelding tends to be more suitable for a wider range of today's equine activities than the stallion.
A male horse is often gelded to make him better-behaved and easier to control. Gelding can also remove lower-quality animals from the gene pool. To allow only the finest animals to breed on, while preserving adequate genetic diversity, only a small percentage of all male horses should remain stallions.
A hormonal stallion can be one of the most dangerous horses to handle. Handling and riding a stallion should never be casual as even with the most skilled horsemanship things can go south quickly.
The horses, so horses reach sexual maturity, or puberty, at 18 to 24 months. Most people want to, if they know they're not keeping the horses as stallions they want to, geld before then. I would say a year. Six to 12 months is kind of what most vets will do because it's actually a lot easier the younger they are.
American Quarter Horse
Generally regarded as one of the calmest and quietest of all horse breeds, the American Quarter Horse is so-named for its ability to run a quarter-mile in the shortest time. As well as being lightning fast, this horse is one of the most popular breeds in the world.
If you want a reliable mount, a gelding is most often your best bet. He's less likely to have an off day, but he's also indifferent to your hugs and pets. There is something about the loyalty of a mare. I think mares test you more, but if you gain their trust and respect, their ability to bond is unmatched.
Mares have a bad reputation for being moody or grumpy, but recent studies have shown that they're actually better behaved than geldings! Much of this stigma is related to human sexist ideas of male versus female behavior. Mares usually compete equally with geldings and stallions (see next section).
Generally, geldings (castrated adult males) are the calmest Arabians and make the best beginner horse.
With proper training and conditioning, stallions readily learn to recognize when it's okay to exhibit breeding behavior and when it's time to be a gentleman. Temperament is a heritable trait. If a stallion is mean, aggressive or hard to handle, keeping him as a breeding horse is probably not the right decision.
Be aware that it is possible for a stallion to become horribly aggressive when breeding mares and he will savage, bite, kick, and attack the mare he is breeding. This not only hurts the poor mare being bred, but can seriously endanger any humans that may be in the vicinity.
Horses will often show affection to humans as they would to other horses. Horses show their affection through grooming, nuzzling, rubbing, resting their heads on you, and even licking. Learning their body language will help you understand when they are showing affection.
Punish bad behavior with a time out. This will allow both of you to calm down. If behavior is unacceptable, put the stallion back in his stall for a little while. Reward for good behavior as well.
A total of 115 geldings have run in the Kentucky Derby since 1908 (records prior to 1908 are incomplete) and nine were post-time favorites (1876 winner Vagrant also was the favorite).
A large number of racehorses, then, are gelded quite young. According to the Jockey Club, 25.8 percent of thoroughbreds who raced in North America last year were geldings; that figure doesn't include less glamorous quarter horses, which are also frequently castrated.
Find out which is fastest among them. Due to their huge size, stallions are usually faster than mares by 30%. But, there are few recorded instances when female horses overpowered the male horse in a race. Most likely, this is the reason why only 20% of mares compete in British flat racing.
Mostly the girls, the fillies, on the track. He will start kicking in the air, biting at other horses, and rearing up — all mating signals in the horse world. A gelding is easier to train; he can focus on his workout without hormones raging through his bloodstream, leading to more success in the races.
Why he does it: During the teasing phase, the stallion might bite at the mare for a few reasons: It can be frustration with the restraint on the stallion or the mare might not be at liberty to respond that she is ready with the appropriate signals to the stallion.
If you're not planning on using your horse for reproductive purposes, you should geld him at a young age. There is some indication that keeping your horse a stallion for a longer period of time will affect their appearance. The longer they stay as stallions, the more likely they are to develop cresty necks.