Originally Posted by ponyboy
Icelandics both gait and trot. But I wasn't asking if they SHOULD trot, I was asking if they ever DO trot. Some laterally gaited horses stop gaiting and I wanted to know if foxtrotters had the same problem.
I don't care about showing, just training. All the foxtrotters I've seen have been trained Western.
I have a book that lists MFT's as a rare breed. They seem to be concentrated in a few areas and rare everywhere else.
Any horse will trot. Trotting is easy, gaiting is harder. Although it is natural sometimes if a horse isn't ridden for a length of time they will revert to trotting. You also sit gaiteds a bit different which allows them to set their back correctly and gait. The person I bought my "trotty" Kentucky mountain horse from just let her trot to keep up with everyone else's horses. Hence she learned to trot to keep up at an early age and wouldn't try to gait at all.
Also in every gaited breed there are those few babies born that never gait.
Their is a stallion that once in a while produces babies that don't ever gait.
When you get into MFT breed shows they are shown more in dressage style so I guess you could say they are trained English for that.