It really is interesting, to discover different breeds, how they ride, their motion/stride/gails etc. I remember when I first came to the US, a gentleman offered me his GH gelding. It had been owned by his grandsons who had mounted, dug their heels in and away they went. It was all this gelding knew. His incredible speed, took me by surprise. He seemingly had little or no, stop. Galloping at full speed through the Arizona desert, was pretty scary, as we wound our way between giant cactus. By the end of the first summer though, he turned out to be a really rather nice mount and was willing to do as asked and not just take off. When I moved, I was rather sorry to have to give him back.
Years later, after having my Saddlebreds, I again rode a QH. Not 'looking through ears', was a surprise and I always felt I was going to topple off over the front. I just don't understand how some QHs can see where they are going, with their noses almost touching the ground. There again, I believe this is a show ring thing and not how most working horses would travel.