It’s no secret; I’m not fond of mares. I always found them to be moody and temperamental, so much like their human counter parts, and I decided I wanted to be the only female on the Triple H Ranch.
Now that the number of females (Cricket, Sugar and Me) equals the number of males (Cuzzin, Kobi, and Les), it was time to rethink my dislike of females. I came across an article recently written by Christa Leste-Lasserre, Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined. I thought it would support and back up my way of thinking (very open-minded, I know!) So it took me a few weeks to read it; again, I knew what it was going to say so there was no rush to read it.
Was I wrong! The study, based on a very small number of fillies and colts, showed that fillies are more curious and braver in new situation than colts. Who knew! Granted, I feel there needs to be much more research than one small study to completely change my mind of preferring geldings over mares, I will at least think twice before yelling “MARE!” when Sugar does something completely stupid – or maybe she’s doing it because she’s so much smarter than I am…hmmm.