Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
Quite honestly almost any gaited breed is known for their even disposition and versatility. Of course, they're all different and have different ways of moving. Some are slower with silky smooth gaits and some are faster with more animated movement. I work with Rocky/Kentucky Mountain horses and they ARE an unbelievable breed, but I am sure all the TWH, MFT, SSH, Paso Fino, and Peruvian Paso owners will say the same,lol. They are all good with kids for the most part, even tempered, willing people oriented horses. A few things that might help you make your decision: Size. Rocky/Kentucky Mountain horses tend to be a medium size, between 14.2 and 16 hh on average. I think TWHs tend to be taller, and Paso/Peruvians tend to be a bit smaller than the Rocky/Kentuckys.
Movement: I've never ridden a Paso/Peruvian but from watchng them they seem to move their legs pretty quickly and be very smooth, but they don't cover as much ground. TWH have a nice ground eating run walk, but its different than the Rocky/Kentuckys which do a "saddle" rack.
Something I would warn you against is going for color. As with any animal there are breeders out there that go strictly on color and don't worry about conformation, temperament, or gait so keep an eye out for that. Familiarize yourself with the ideal conformation for a gaited horse(whichever breed you decide on) and go from there. And there are other gaited breeds that aren't as well known and I have no experience with, but are most definitely worth looking into!