Buying a Missouri Fox Trotter
I live in SW pa. And may be looking for a horse to replace my older TW who is not athletic enough for long or steep rides. I love MFT. Two questions:
1) can they pace to match quarter horses which is what I usually ride with
2) any breeders you can suggest close to the Pittsburgh area? Can travel to Ohio, NY, WVa. Would like to be able to select from 2-3 horses if possible
Foxtrotters can have many gaits. They can easily outpace QH's but they can slow down their rate depending on if the rider can control the speed. As far as looking for horses to choose from, go to Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association and you can actually find an entire list of breeders around your area, categorized by state. Many of them have horses for sale and often at some more reasonable prices. You can also check the classifieds on the website where you may also find some horses for sale. Good luck horse hunting!
Yeah foxtrotters pretty much rock your socks off ;)
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. Slowing them down to ride with a slow walking QH will make it even worse.
The best at what your looking for is a laid back Paso, and the "laid back" part is very hard to find.
Rather than slow the gaited horse down, why don't the QH speed up their walk. They only walk very slow, because they have been taught this way. That thing on their back is the only reason they walk the peanut pushing walk. They are very capable of walking a brisk walk.
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.
None of the folks I ride with are extremely slow or peanut pushers. I just need a smooth horse that doe not want to race around! I need one that will take care of me on the trail. My current horse slipped,and fell with me on him. Yes, I did bruise my tailbone and had trouble for two months with sitting, standing, bumping into things. Ouch! He tends to be trippy.
Hey there from a fellow Pittsburgher!
I hear ya' on the tail bone issue. Mines been painful for almost a year now.
I can't offer any help on the MFT issue. I'm looking at a paso tomorrow for a friend who needs a smooth ride. I know that they are generally faster than a nongaited horse and are supposed to use up less energy while doing it. If you take one out on a trail with a "normal" horse, the others will tire just by trying to keep up while your horse will be going strong.
" I just need a smooth horse that doe not want to race around! I need one that will take care of me on the trail."
These requirements have nothing to do with a MFT. Your needs are a result of training and disposition. This could be done with any of the gaited breeds.
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