Gaited vs. non-gaited?
We have been thinking about purchasing a mule in the near future for pleasure driving and trail riding. My husband is all for it, I just can't decide if I should look for a gaited mule or non-gaited. I have only ever ridden 2 tennesee walkers, the one I was usually stuck with was a young 2yr that didn't know how to hold her gait and was sooo rough. I just couldn't get used to the gait as I am used to riding QHs and TBs. Now I've kind of been leaning toward a gaited mule due to my back problems. I often get sore riding my QH for long trail rides, and sometimes just skip riding because my back is too sore.
So any of you that do ride gaited horses/mules, what are your thoughts? Would it be easier on my back or even more jaring? Would a gaited mule be suitable for driving as well?