I have a Missouri Fox Trotter and a Tennessee Walker. I actually still own a QH but to be honest that is my daughters horse. I will never ride anything but gaited horses.
The rides between the MFT and the TWH are COMPLETELY different, albeit VERY comfortable. You will have to ride a variety of gaited horses to see which one is more comfortable with you. You will not need any other training. The cues all mostly the same. (Actually cues differ from horse to horse anyway...so just consider it being just a new horse not a new breed)
Walkinthewalk has wonderful advice! Look at temperment first and foremost! Remember, you have to love the horse just as much as you love to Ride the horse! Incompatible personalities will end in disaster no matter how smooth or rough a horse is! (As you already know being a horse person that you are!!) Good luck and let us know if you have any questions! Between all of us, we can come up with a logical answer!
I am owned by:
Reign- 6 yo Rocky Mountain gelding and Turista- 6 yo Paso Fino gelding...the loves of my life!
Last edited by ahearn; 11-15-2008 at 02:42 PM.