Study: Stallions, Geldings Have Slight Edge Over Mares in Eventing
If there’s a battle of the (equine) sexes in horse sport, males might be edging ahead. At least, that appears to be the case in eventing, results from a recent British study suggest.
Stallions and geldings outperformed mares in one-day and three-day events across several levels in the U.K., said Katherine Hanousek, a veterinary student under the leadership of Ali Fouladi-Naschta, DVM, MSc, PhD, FHEA, of the Royal Veterinary College’s Hawkshead Campus, in London. However, differences were “slight” and, at one level, performance was equal across the sexes.
“There may be an advantage to considering geldings and stallions over mares for eventing,” Hanousek said. “However, there are countless other factors which contribute to the success of the horse which are likely to be far more important. The difference (in our study) was proven to be significant, but it’s important to remember the numbers are very
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