Mel: so Pip is a TWH? Gorgous! I actually found some people willing to share gaited secrets online with me. Then I went to a saddle fitter who raises Peruvians. Between all these people and the TON of reading I have done (and youtube) I have gotten my horse to gait. I would much rather trot and pace, but that just means laziness since gaiting is hard work! I have been invited to go to a western dressage with gaited horses next sat. I don't know if I can go because I have a farrier coming and hubby can't hold horses and watch kids!
I looked specifically for a TWH because they are supposed to be so calm and gentle around children. Mine is gentle enough, but very spooky about everything! He does a 180 rather than looking at whatever. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason that I can see. I hate it when he plants his feet and refuses to move! I think when my kids are old enough, I will have to look for a QH, although I am partial to the TWH now!