Why do Westerns show mainly male horses?

Marshall Trimble

Why do Westerns show mainly
male horses?

Carleton Cooley                                                                                                                     Littleton, North Carolina

I assume by male horses, you mean geldings. Stallions are full of testosterone, while geldings are more mild-mannered. I worked trail rides for years, and geldings never caused the problems that mares did. Movie wranglers likely preferred geldings over stallions and mares.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book isArizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015.

If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu

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