I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to ride a 20yr old TWH gelding, former state champ, for about half an hour this weekend. I'd never seen a gaited horse in the flesh before, much less ridden one. Watching him move was amazing when his owner gave me a demo, then I got into the saddle...
OMG, I swear I was in heaven with the first few steps of his running-walk! The gliding along, pretty head-shake, it just added up to the most incredible riding experience I've ever had! I've been horse shopping for the past few months, considering everything from QH to Arab, drafts to ponies... But now, I've cleared out all of my "wishlists" and started searching only for Walkers.
I can't wait to find "The One" and have a lovely gaited horse of my own!!!