Originally Posted by Splashstorm
Are gaited horses much easier to ride?
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Usually, yes! A well gaited horse is smooth as sugar, and many of them have amazing canters. *drool*
They are very calm, easy, willing horses with huge hearts. Combined with the smooth gaits, they are very easy to ride!
There are exceptions. My mare is neither smooth nor calm.
She's a hot head that paces faster than most horses canter and can trot like a Standardbred. She didn't skip the heart or the willingness though.
A lot of people will try to ride a gaited like a "normal horse" and find it doesn't work. They need properly fitting saddles (especially to gait well) and a person who understands they are NOT just a smoother version of a quarter horse.
These horses are so tolerant that they won't complain loudly (think of those poor TWHs being dragged around in those crazy bits... Poor, sweet souls), but they deserve to be comfortable and happy.