In regards to a mare versus a gelding, we recommend the horse that fits you the best all-around. Many times people are so set on a certain sex that they end up missing the perfect horse. Most importantly, pick the horse that you click with personality-wise. Pick a horse that you will enjoy looking at in your field every day because you like their color. If you are a small woman and have a tough time getting your foot in the stirrup, then don’t pick a horse that is 16 hands. Vice vera, if you are a 250 pound man, try to pick a larger horse.
Rocky Mountain horse geldings are very amazing creatures, but so are mares. Many Rocky mares are not difficult when they are in heat–they basically act just like geldings. If you are concerned with buying a mare because of her heat cycles, please tell us. We can pick out geldings for you and also mares that cycle quietly.
We believe that champion bloodlines are very important. You will notice that the majority of our stock has a champion or two that is closely related. Horse shows are extremely competitive and the horses that win are chosen based on breed standards. By buying a horse with a good pedigree, you will have more peace of mind that it exhibits the breed standards, as well. However, do not buy a horse only for its pedigree. It is very important that you buy a horse for it’s all around versatility.
What are the breed standards, you ask? First and most important is disposition. Rockies should be willing and good-natured. Second is a smooth, four beat gait. Third and fourth are size and color. They should be between 14 and 16 hands and cannot have a significant amount of white above the knee.
Really, there should not be difference in dispositions and gaits. The beauty of Rockies is many of our best show horses are our best trail horses. There are not many breeds with a horse so versatile. We frequently trail ride during the week and show on weekends–and the horses excel both places.
A show horse MIGHT have a little spicier personality, but that is very horse specific. And it is also true that some horses prefer the show ring or a trail.
Both show horses and trail horses should have alot of heart and be willing to work their hardest for their rider.
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