I agree with you all- it's aspects that I need to think about indeed. I was kind of thinking of that- how the gaited horses will walk a bit faster. I know Zip, our one quarter horse at the farm walks fast on the trails, but if it's fast enough to keep up with a gaited horse, I don't know. I know we got slower horses too.
It's always something to think about- perhaps there will be a time when Iam looking at a gaited horse who can walk slower for that scenario. I didn't cringe at the thought of having to loop back though, nor would it bother me to do trail riding myself.
Unfortunatly, what searching I did via google- having a hard time finding a barn that states they have a gaited horse I can try. In all honesty- the closest gaited horse I seen was in Lancaster where it was the amish using one to pull a cart... ( almost 2 hours away) so, I think I am in non-gaited horse community. So, it can be hard for me to find a gaited horse to try out AND find a barn that has other gaited horses to ride with.
What you say is so true- and I am glad this stuff is being brought to my attention- however, the way I feel- and I will throw this out there for you all to read and throw opinions back at- I wouldn't mind being the only gaited horse owner. As for lessos, I know I'd be doing circles and serpentines to keep spacing, and for trails, the aspect of circling back around doesn't bother me if I am in a group-plus, right now, I enjoy ring work a bit better. ( the trails I do are from the barn- not get in a trailer and drive to the trails). While I am not dead-set on a gaited horse, I am really liking what I see on the vids and what I am reading. As a rider- I tend to keep to myself. I have a few other students that I really like to ride with, but most are simply they have a lesson too, so I am usually working on stuff myself.
But it is something to indeed think about. Thanks for adding that aspect to th emix guys.