I used to ride Quarter Horses. They are wonderful. But after spending a year riding gaited horses with a friend, I "switched breeds". For the type of riding I want to do, gaited horses "fit the bill" better.
They are smooth and comfortable. I can ride ALL DAY, and not be the least bit tired. Plus, they cover more ground easily. Their walk is fast; their gaits faster. The canter is like a rocking chair. My horse is very sure footed.
I ride with friends; all have wonderful horses. The Icelandics, being the fastest (they tolt) are out front, I come next on my Mountain Horse (second fastest). Everyone else (Quarter horses, Warmbloods, Arabs) bring up the rear. When the Icys tolt, my horse can gait, and the other have to canter to keep up.
If you want to trail ride, a gaited horse, in my opinion, is the best choice.
"Do you give the horse its strength, or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?" (Job 39:19)
Last edited by imagaitin; 04-27-2012 at 02:10 AM.