Getting older and not doing cowy things, I have been thinking about getting a gaited horse vs my quarters. I trail, do parades, play at gymkhana. Any suggestions? P.S. Must be a grandkid friendly breed!
After riding quarter horses my early life, I found that I was in pain after few hours under saddle due to an old neck injury. Rather than give up riding, I tried a gaited horse and have not turned back. Over the past 20 years, we have owned walkers, fox trotters and a paso and were happy with all of them for different reasons but, as we were looking for a horse that would do it all, we took a good look at the Rocky/Kentucky Mountain gaited horse breed and found that they suited us best. They are a naturally smooth, agile, and even disposition breed. They are wonderful with children. We use them for parades, bird dog field trails, rounding up cattle, showing and trail riding - you name it and they will do it well. I can highly recommend.