I had to laugh because I started this thread like 2 years ago and it just popped up again! Ha ha!
So I've had my Fox Trotter 2 years now and I still consider her a bit of a hot blood. If I ride her every other day, she will be calm as cucumber but let her sit for about a week then I am off to the races again. And not just energy wise, but she also gets spooky and snorty when she doesn't get out often. But I enjoy the heck out of her and I LOVE her "go."
She is just a naturally high energy horse. She will often run around her pen along with her 2 yr old gelding and they act like idiots together.
My Mustang just stands back and wonders why they waste their energy!
But you know what's really cool? She has gone from being a back-up horse to my Mustang when I first bought her to being my primary riding horse. She is just so much fun to ride!
The only negative is her 2 yr old foal is JUST like her. Which if I ever get him trained would be a blessing. But right now I am wishing he would have taken after the Quarter Horse side of the family! (His sire).
I still think gaited horses are "hotter" than stock breeds. For instance a few days ago some new friends trailered out to ride with us on our home turf (national forest). My Fox Trotter and my other friend's two Fox Trotters were bouncing off the walls and they ride out there all the time. The new friends trailered over with their Paint and QH who had never been here before and they were calm as could be. It was sort of embarrassing as I had to keep circling my horse and riding the brakes and try to keep her from kicking at the new horses.
And yet, 99% of the time lately she has been perfect. The only change in routine was the new horses in the group. Just a little something like that and a switch flips in her brain. And she's 18 years old by the way!
I used to own Arabians and I honestly don't see the Fox Trotters/TWH's I know as any different. Extremely sweet, gentle and people oriented. But also very sensitive to stimulus. Maybe that is a-typical. But in my world that is typical for the gaited horses I know.