Never owned either breed, but I did ride a couple appys for someone at my barn for a bit. Wasn't fond of either one, the gelding was great to ride, I enjoyed riding him. Just not the greatest. The Appy mare, she was intetresting, she never wanted to slow down at all, she wasn't that cordinated either. Me and her didn't get along very well, but she did love jumping. These horses might have been a different story to if their owner actually rode them and just wasn't paying me to ride them once a week, where then of course they were nightmares to ride from all the pent up energy (least the mare was, gelding was still good). The woman who owns the Appys mom has a Saddlebred, he jumps, he doesn't gait, he's an eventer now. And the woman that leases him also uses him for foxhunting, very pretty horse but lazy actually.