Don't forget about icelandic horses if you want a gaited horse.. they're small but sturdy and I love them. X) Worth a look at least, if you don't feel that a fuzzy pony sized horse is completey out of the question. :)
Just riding the gats is very easy if the horse have it and does it willingly, but I suppose more advanced stuff takes more knowledge.
Some standardbreds know stepping pace too and it can be very smooth, but at least here in sweden they're rarely trained with it and neither are their other gaits, so it might not be a good choice for you.
Theyre common in trail riding and for fun here, even tho not many of them have extra gaits (in sweden..I think it's the opposite in the US.. most of them have at least pace) and nobody here knows how to train it anyway, they only know about icelandics :P
Good luck on finding a good horse! :)
Originally Posted by walkinthewalk
My 21 yo Walker does the dreaded Stepping Pace. I say dreaded because that is a huge no-no with many Walking Horse folks.
Not only is his Stepping Pace every bit as smooth as the running walk, but I would have missed out on the horse of a lifetime when I bought him 18 years ago if I hadn't been "gait stupid".
I love the stepping pace on my standie as well :P it's not quite as smooth as the icelandic horses tölt, but it's way smooth enough!