I've kind of stayed out of this thread at first because the general consensus on this forum seems to be that breeding grade horses is bad. And I always seem to get emotional when things hit close to home.
But I bought a MFT mare that happened to be pregnant when I bought her. I don't know WHY the people that had her (and several other MFT mares) choose to breed them to a QH stud. But I was told they were trying to build a string of dude horses. That's why they were keeping all the geldings. So they must have thought it a good cross for trail horses.
But anyway, I now have a 2 yr old QH/Missouri Fox Trotter cross. He isn't under saddle yet and I haven't seen him gait since he was about a month old. So I doubt he is gaited. He is really handsome (in my eyes) and is larger and better looking than both his parents. His dad was a homely but sturdy built QH and his mom a registered Fox Trotter. He is way taller than both of them, and he is not even quite 2 years old. He is 15.1-15.2 hands and 1100 lbs. He has his mom's pretty face and high-set neck and he got a better butt from his dad. It isn't a purebred QH butt, but is is more attractive than his mom's gaited-horse butt. So I really think he got the both of best worlds.
Well, a gait would have been nice too, but I can live without it.
First photo is the crossbred colt.
Second photo is his sire.
Third is his dam.