Really glad I found this thread because I had the same question, and almost the same situation. I aquired a MFT Stud rescue a few months ago (more info in my posts) today we took our first offical ride. He walks, hard trots, fox trots, and canters with no problem we did a little of it all but I held him mostly in is gait because I have spine issues and shoot it didn't even feel like I was on a horse and we were MOVING. I'd like to cross train simply because I'd love to be able to do barrels on him just for fun with our riding club. I'm not a great rider by ANY means, but we are in tune enough that I can and for and get what I want out of him. As long as I can do that am I in danger of screwing him up? Now he will be gelded soon, and he is about 6-7 years old and hadn't been ridden in 2 years that we know of. I don't want to hijack the thread so you may want to reply in the thread I started..."where are the Missouri Fox trotter people?"