I recently purchased a 12 year old TWH gelding who is very handsome and has wonderful ground manners. I have rode him about 6 times (I have had him almost two weeks) and have not had a smooth ride yet. When I tried him out I tried him out on a two track trail ride and around a "block" to see how he reacted to traffic etc. At that time, I did get some smoothness from riding him very slow, but realized later he was doing a stepping pace. On the trail he has been pacing consistently no matter what I try to do. I feel like I am riding my Quarter horses again! Ugh! I have always owned MFT's so owning a TWH is new to me, but I have rode many times my friends TWH and never had a problem. He hits the ground on his front end very hard especially going downhill and the ride is very bouncy. Previous owner saids he has a fast and slow rack but I have yet to see this or if I tried to push him up to go faster he gets more uncomfortable. He is such a sweet boy, but at 59 years I have a bad back and hips. The pacing has caused that to flare up again. How easy would it be at his age to fix this or is it fixable and I should consider another horse? Thank you!