Heehee he was a cutey pie. Sadly though the winter after that summer he evidently just laid down and died. =(
I don't know anything about his past since he was owned by a horse camp outfitter who picked him up from an auction. The only thing they told me about him (when they were trying to convince me that he was the best horse ever) was that once, on a trail ride, his owner had had too much to drink and needed to pee really bad but the trail was too narrow to actually get off so she ended up somehow hanging off his leg peeing and he had no issue.
He had been his previous owners trail horse but who knows how long or short of a time she had had him.
It seems unlikely to me that he was a 5-gaited Saddlebred just because he was super super calm and absolutely bomb proof and from what I've heard about what happens to a 5-gaited Saddlebred to make them be animated, I'm not sure how he would have ended up so calm after that. But who knows, he for sure wasn't a Quarter horse, he was too dainty yet solid for that, I think atleast.
He did trot (I'm not positive but his trot felt "normal" and I'd figure a pace would feel different), I was the only person who actually had him go faster than a walk, I have no idea if he had major knee action or anything, which might have helped decipher his breed. He did not have a very smooth trot. It wasn't bouncy but it wasn't really smooth either. I could sit it easily but I wouldn't want to do that all day. Haha
When I did get him to gait we were just riding down the trail so he had his head, but I probably had direct contact with the bit (it was a tom thumb, before I knew how bad they are.) He held it for at least 40-50 feet, then we had to turn and I didn't want him to try to do whatever he was doing around such a tight curve, so I brought him down to a trot. After we turned he picked it back up again very easily for another 60ish feet.