Yes, I use a step-stool or something so I don't pull on his withers (not much there either!) but I can still get up there if I have to on trail!! Just got a 62" english girth!
His gaits (well walk and trot) are sooooo smooth. Haven't really cantered yet except by accident! I'm waiting until he's older and more coordinated :)
I highly recommend PMU horses as long as you know what you are looking for. Some are very good quality draft crosses and others, not so much. I think he was a great deal for $900. I'm doing the training so he's been fairly cheap :)