Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
I'm not going to speak ill of any breed. There are some I prefer over others, but all breeds are their strengths and weaknesses, and no breed can truly do it all (or there would only be one breed :)) ). I do love QH, because it was what I worked with the most in my youth, but had TWH too.
Today all I own are Saddlebred crosses.
If you are riding a gaited breed and someone is actually annoying (and uniformed) enough to deride the gaited horse breeds you might enjoy pointing out to them that the prefered horse breeds of the US Cav since at least the 1850's (and probably before) were gaited.
The two breeds most desired by the US Cav were Saddlebreds and Morgans. Like many breeds that were also used by the Cav, they were robust animals that could go the distance (the old Saddlebreds were a bit heavier than what many have been bred to today with the average weight of the Cav horse in 1900 being just over 1,000 lbs), but they had the added bonus of being easy to ride. For men that might have to ride 50+ miles a day, every day for a week that easy gait was a very nice feature to have in you mount.
So ignor the ignorant and enjoy the fact that you can ride farther and longer on a horse whose gait will leave you feeling better at the end of the day than your buddies non gaited horses.