You can't have too many good horses! Owning a gaited horse does not mean that you have to give up your ones I figure it is sort of like cars -different types for different purposes. I started with Quarter horses & Morgans but wanted to be able to move out faster smoothly so began my affair with gaited breeds. There are a number of different types of gaited horses (as this posting attests) all which have the gait in common. I'm a doer therefore I have ridden all of the major gaited horse breeds and own a TWH & MFT but 10 years ago I discovered the Kentucky Mountain Horse which I now also own & use almost exclusively. I was skeptical, at first, of the mountain horse hype - natural 4 beat gait, athletic, calm, & willing temperament... I find my mountain horse to be extremely versatile, good build, he has all the gaits (gears) that I will ever need he is a great trail buddy, stunning parade horse, winning show horse, enjoys rounding up cattle, endurance, tricks & is happy to babysit the grandkids whatever I ask, he does and enjoys. That does not mean that my other horses are bad they are great at what they do. Im just finding that my mountain horse buddy keeps up with all of activities that my other horse breed friends do therefore has become the mount of choice. The key advice through all the threads is to try before you buy and buy from a reputable breeder who will still be there in course of the years to provide assistance and have fun.