I have ridden both but I don't know much about gaited horses I wouldn't base it on people's opinions I would try both horses. In my experiences gaited horses are more comfortable to ride for long rides but they even walk faster than a non gaited horse. My grandma's TWH will leave my TB even at a walk. Her TWH is also the most uncomfortable thing I've ever ridden (I blame that on his horrible confo). I have also ridden awesome TWH. Our MFT were slower at the walk than our TWH but I don't know if that's common or just ours.