Originally Posted by bbsmfg3
I'd never recommend a MFT to be a breed that's good at riding with the peanut pushers.
The MFT is normally not a good one to hold a solid fox trot. It normally needs quite a bit of training on a regular basis. Yes, I'm quite sure you will hear of those that do stay in gait well, but they are in the minority in this this breed.
My mft mare stays in her foxtrot very well as does her daughter who is not even broke yet. It depends on how well the horse is conditioned if they can hold a foxtrot for longer periods of time. When I had my mare well conditioned she and I could foxtrot for around an hour straight ride or longer. That's what they were bred for-holding a comfortable gait for longer periods of time. Also mft can fox-walk, a slower version of the fox trot that is still very comfortable. My horse does this and it allows me to ride with more quarter horses who just don't move as fast.
The qh's that I do ride with haven't been taught to walk slow, they do stretch themselves to keep up with her and do get into a working walk but they just aren't made to go quite as fast as she can when she is in a fox trot unless they usually break into a little jog. The qh's that I also ride with are usually quite a bit larger than my mare and also have much longer legs, these ones can keep up better because they have a longer stride.
Many foxtrotters also travel at a different speed. You may need to test some horses until you find one with a speed that you think will fit your needs. My mare doesn't fox trot as fast as some I've seen and she's faster then others that I have seen. It depends on the horse.