I have been told that (aside from Peruvians and Icelandics... maybe a few others) gaited horses are basically Walkers or Trotters. Everything like "mountain horses", "spotted saddle horses", "spotted mountain horses", are actually just registries, some of which denote color. A Walker of color could be registered as a "Tennessee Walker" or a "Spotted Saddle Horse", or a "Spotted Mountain Horse". A Trotter can also be a "Spotted Saddle Horse" or a "Spotted Mountain Horse" as well.
I have also been told that a Kentucky Mountain Horse and a Rocky Mountain Horse are the same except for coloring. I know that the Spotted Mountain Horse registry is a sub club of the Kentucky Mountain Horse Assoc. And, any gaited horse of color can be registered as a Spotted Saddle Horse.
It gets kinda confusing. My horse came from Walkers; his grand-sire was Triple Threat. Yet he is registered as a Spotted Mountain Horse (and of course, a Spotted Saddle Horse.)
Back to the question..... are gaited horses basically Walkers or Trotters? Any thoughts?