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post #1 of 23 Old 01-16-2012, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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walking horse versus fox trotter

Just watched several fox trotter videos on youtube and I have to say they look like they are gaiting like walking horses, so im wondering what the difference is?? I noticed some to be doing just a plain collected trot but others look gaited so wow am i confused!

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-16-2012, 10:14 AM
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The signature gait for the MFT is the Foxtrot, the signature gait for the TWH is a running walk. A lot of MFT's have TWH in their pedigrees. Both breeds can do a variety of gaits, most MFT's will run walk. Both breeds have individuals who will runwalk, pace, rack, fox trot and hard trot. You can look online and find videos showing the difference in gaits and when you ride the different gaits, you can feel it.
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the biggest difference is in the backend. Pause it regulrily if you have any trouble and you'll see a TWH drags their back toe on the ground where as a MFT picks them up a bit.
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The foxtrot is a diagonal gait and the running walk is lateral. They really aren't similar at all.
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TWH's cover ground at a greater speed, if that's important to you. I remember a friendly arguement at a cafe in Shawnee National Forest where a TWH owner and a FT owner were discussing who was faster. As I recall a FT walks in front and "trots" behind. A TWH does a "running walk" and tends to drop the haunches and grab forward. I've owned TWH's and TWH crosses, and I own 2 KMH's now. THEY do an "amble" which is similar except that they take smaller steps. All gaited horses were bred for comfort, and the differences in gaits are not readily apparant. You really have to study to see them. =D
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A lot of horses on youtube don't really do the gait they're "suppose" to. Search for a TWH and you'll see more rackers and step pacers than horses doing a true running walk. You search for fox trotters, you'll probably find the same. Lots of horses within that breed that don't actually fox trot. I don't have a good eye for fox trotters, so I can't find you a good "ur example" video.

Fox trotters also have a walking horse like gait -- the flat walk. It's basically a slow running walk. Heck, I know several fox trotters who do a running walk instead of a fox trot. Horses don't read their papers; they don't know what they're suppose to do.

Also, you have 10 trotting horses. You have them trot out in front of you. You have 10 different quality trots. Same with gaited horses. They may do the same easy gait, but have a different way of performing it. It'll look different.

There can be some play within the gaits. Some horses perform a fox trot with more lateral timing than others; some perform the same gait with more diagonal timing.

Basically... It's confusing. You have to develop an eye for it.
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I am a happy owner of a mft. He is such a pleasure to ride. His trot is so different it feels like he's walking in the front and the back feet just slide into place.
At first it was like omg but
you get used to it. Very quiet and level headed.
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I have an older Missouri Fox Trotter gelding named Chief. He's a very quick mover and has two speeds: fast and faster! He's loads of fun to ride and completely bombproof. He's in his mid-20's now, though, and not doing very well... :\ He has a growth under his tail right next to his rectum and has been losing weight lately... But he's a good old boy.
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This is my MFT stallion, he is only 13.2 hands tall. He is a registered Blue Papered MFT and also registered #1 in the MFT pony registry. He has a natural foxtrot which is what he is doing in the picture.
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