My heart horse was a Missouri Fox Trotter who, I kid you not, was 100% smooth at all gaits, all speeds, and on all terrain. His transitions were seamless and I am not embellishing when I say I never felt that horse take one bouncy step in the 2 years I had and rode him. I knew nothing about gaited horses (still really don’t) and never had to ask him to gait smoothly, he just did it on his own.
Since then, I’ve ridden over 20 Missouri Fox Trotters and a handful of Tennessee Walkers, but I’ve never come across another like him. I’ve ridden some extremely smooth ones that rode smoothly the majority of the time, but they always had their certain speeds where they weren’t as smooth, or if they were going up or down a hill.
How common is it to find one like mine, and what factors make a gaited horse much smoother than average? I know conformation, breeding, and training play a big role (and sadly I never had papers for this horse and MFTHBA has never gotten back to me when I asked if there was a way to search through their database by color, markings, and approximate date of birth; I also don’t know much about his past other than that he was a rescue who was discarded like trash when the kids lost interest, and was starved nearly to death). I would love to find another horse who rides like he did, though I know I’ll never be able to replace him.