Yes they are great to ride. I have owned nicely gaited ones and my pretty boy was as smooth as glass. He had tons of easily controllable go, but you could fly faster than a canter and never bounce. He won every champagne class we ever entered except for one where the kids were in with us and I lost some because the judge called for a circle as I was passing a kid who never looked and started to turn. I had to do a sit stop which is hard with a champagne glass so I lost some, but we still took second:). Many of them are very friendly, but some lines take a while to bond to new people so some people don't like that. Once they join you though they will give you everything they have and are a fabulous riding horse.
Here is my pretty boy Corsario. I miss him every day even though I have three others now he is irreplaceable.
image from his las day so he looks a bit rough and red joined the flaxen in a shorter than normal mane and forelock.