I was at the Walking Horse sale at Tattersall's (in Lexington, KY) over the weekend. One of the things I noticed was that there were some nice, natural-moving horses going for low prices. There was nothing spectacular about their looks, but their movement just "flowed." They were going for under $1000.
But then, there were people bidding into the thousands for what I call "color and tail." The horse wasn't much of a mover, but it was slick and shiny with unique color or markings, or had a long flowing mane and tail. I guess that's all that's important to some people.
If you want a good gaited horse, focus on the gait and the temperament. Color, flash, looks. . .that's all secondary stuff and it doesn't matter a bit when you're out on trail all day.
"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp