If you aren't very familiar with the breed, be advised that they are NOT laid back like an old, relaxed QH can be. Gaited breeds can be docile but they all have BIG motors. The literally prefer to "eat up" the trails at their amble, and you might end up being more worn out at the end of the ride than the horse is.
One more thing, you'll need an bigger halter for them, to accommodate their thicker jowl.
I generally agree with Corporal on many things, but this is one of the exceptions (sorry girl.)
My boy is very laid back. As much as most QHs I've been around (and there have been many) ....and my boy does NOT have a big motor.
As a matter of fact his lack of "go" is one of the main reasons I bought him and he is as smooth as butter, no doubt about that.
Just because he doesn't have half the motor that many of the gaited breeds do, doesn't mean that his meandering is not a good gait.
Not at all, it's just that he likes to set is cruise control on smooth and mellow and he doesn't have to be the first one to arrive.
Along with plenty of non-gaited breeds, I've ridden TWH, Pasos, Saddlebreds, and now Rockies. And while many of the gaited breeds do have big motors, there are plenty out there who don't. If someone is looking, they can be found.
Halters- I actually have a problem with average halters being too big and Arab halters too small, so if a "cob" size isn't available I have to get regular halters with everything ajustable so I can take them all the way up and all the way in to be able to fit. If you look back at my boy though, you will se he is in no way "refined." Quite the opposite actually.