Missouri Fox Trotter
The Missouri Fox Trotter is a product of its native Ozark Mountains in Missouri. The breed’s decedents, mainly of Morgan, Thoroughbred and Arabian blood, arrived in the Ozarks when pioneers settled the area in 1821. The breed’s gait or “foxtrot” was a result of the hilly environment, and the smooth gait was preferred over any other. The Missouri Fox Trotter was created through selected breeding over time; and utilized other gaited horses, such as the Tennessee Walker and the Standardbred. Its traditional use was of transportation and cattle work. Today, the breed is a popular mount for long-distance trail riding, ranch work and pleasure riding. The Fox Trotter is Missouri’s official state horse.
During the fox trot, the horse appears to trot with the hind legs and walk with the front legs. This gait omits the bounce associated with the trot and makes for a very smooth ride. It is an animated and rhythmic step with the horse nodding his head in each stride. The Missouri Fox Trotter is found in all colors, including spotted and buckskin, and stands 14 to 16 hands high.
For more information:
The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association, www.mfthba.com