We have both TWH and pacing standardbreds in our hunt that jump just fine under 3’. They do, of course, need trained like any other horse. The Walkers jump from the canter. I’m not a fan of jumping from a pace or running walk since it doesn’t have a lot of impulsion behind it, but some people don’t seem to mind.
I wouldn’t call the whole “OMG, it’s hard to ride w/t/c horses with gaited because they travel at different speeds” thing from trail riding that much of a deal-breaker for the hunt field. There is such a huge variety in the field already–from little slow-legged critters to super power-walkers–that everyone has to adjust to the group. Remember: unlike trail riding, hunts have a field master setting the speed, and the speed they choose is affected by what else is happening in the hunt. Riders and horses have to adjust to the hunt or go home. A big-moving, very forward TB can be much harder to ride in a hunt than something gaited.
A nice thing about gaited horses is that it’s generally easy to find one with lots of trail mileage, they’re generally sensible, and frequently have good feet.[/QUOTE]
That is what I was wondering. When riding with trotters, they all have different preferred speeds anyways. If I get one that can jump and can stay with the rest, i think it should be good? I have no clue about the different gaits-except it ought to be smooth. I once rode a TWH at some gait that the other horse was cantering to keep up. Now the difficulty is finding a sane gaited horse that is athletic, and and capable of going up and down-without staying hot!