Ask The Experts

Which is the better horse; mare or stallion

Which is the better horse; mare or stallion
Al Dunning

Ask The Experts Featured Conformation Barging


Which is better? A male or a female horse?




Hi Micole,

Thank you for your question.

As I understand, you are asking which makes a better horse, in general, a mare or a stallion.

Mares can be wonderful to ride in many cases. There are instances during a mare’s heat cycle when they can become irritable and more difficult to deal with. The advantage of having a female to ride, is that you are able to reproduce from them, if you so desire.

Stallions are typically faster to develop as a young horse, which makes them good prospects for performance at a early age. Stallions can be hard to handle for the less experienced horse person and sometimes for the top trainers as well.

The key is….all horses have their own personality and attitude. The only true way to find out which horse fits you, is to be around each individual to understand their behavior.

Experience is the gateway to knowledge with horses. Never quit learning!!!

Ride well,

Al Dunning

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Ask The Experts
Al Dunning

Al Dunning of Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the most respected horsemen in the industry. Al and his students have garnered 45 world and reserve world championships. He has held numerous national leadership positions and earned multiple honors including induction into the AzQHA Hall of Fame. His 40+ years of experience as a professional trainer has led him to produce books, DVDs, clinics, Team AD online mentoring, and ADTV on Better Horses Network. Al’s ability to reach people comes from his love of horses and out of respect to the mentors in his own life. For more information,

More in Ask The Experts