I have been riding gaited horses almost exclusively for the last 3-4yrs. When I first got into gaited horses it was after having ridden a few field trials on a Appy, and litteraly beating my guts out. So I got into gaited horses for a smooth ride at the speeds where field trials tend to run.
I used to be obsessed with gait and animation, my first horse was a paso with alot of action. Since I have ridden alot of gaited horses both mine and others, and I find that if its smooth I don't really care what it looks like or really even the mechanics.
So for you gaited riders (shows aside) how concerned are you with the action and mechanics of your gaited horse, vs. a clean smooth ride?