What is a Missouri Fox Trotter Horse?

Missouri Fox Trotter Horse

The Missouri Fox Trotter is a gaited horse breed that originated in the US state of Missouri. The Trotter is best known for its ambling gait, which is known as the “fox trot”. Hence this is how the Missouri Fox Trotter got its name. The Trotter is used mainly for pleasure and trail riding due to their easy nature, surefootedness, and smooth gait. 


The Missouri Fox Trotter was first developed from several gaited horse breeds that were brought to the Missouri state from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia by earlier settlers. The horse breeds that helped to influence the trotter included Arabian, Morgan, Saddlebred, Tennessee Walking Horse, and the Standardbred. By 1821, the trotting horses of Missouri were best known for their unique gait and surefootedness to take on the rugged terrain. In 1948, the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) was established. In 2006, a new registry was established called the Foundation Foxtrotter Heritage Association (FFHA) in order to preserve the original type of Fox Trotter. This mainly limits the amount of walker blood. Today the Trotter is desired by many trail and pleasure riders for their smooth gait, surefootedness, good temperament, and stamina.


The Missouri Fox Trotter typically stands between 14 to 16 hands tall. They usually have a straight profile with a high set neck that ends with pronounced withers. They have sloped shoulders and a short back. This helps them perform their ambling gait the “fox tort”. This a four-beated gait that is performed on a broken diagonal pair. This means the front foot of the diagonal pair lands before the hind. This eliminates suspension, which is why the gait is smooth. The Missouri Fox Trotter comes in a variety of solid colors such as black, bay, chestnut, palomino, and gray. The Trotter can also have pinto coloring. They have an easy going nature and are known for their surefootedness.


So if you are looking for a smooth ride, so that you can enjoy the trails for hours; you have found the perfect match with the Missouri Fox Trotter. 


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