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post #1 of 35 Old 10-14-2019, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Making the switch - Misosuri Fox Trotter??

Hey all, does anyone have some advice or has anyone been in a similar situation? I am pretty much retiring my 29 YO Arab who was always such fun to ride - I never minded his bumpy trot, loved driving a 'sports' model - and am being offered for free a basically perfect horse - EXCEPT she's a Missouri Fox Trotter. I love this mare, she's beautiful and sweet and I'd love to have her but am really concerned I'll never get used to the gaits or get over missing posting (I love posting, keeps me from getting lazy or sore on long rides) and galloping...but the idea of passing her up is kind of heart-breaking too. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 12:19 AM
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Have you ridden her already? If no, can you ride her before you take her? If it turns out you miss your Arab-type ride, would you get a second horse and keep both or would you rehome the trotter? Is she actually as "perfect" as you think she is/the person told you she is? Have you handled her yourself?

I have never ridden a gaited horse but I would really love to try one day. I think the opportunity alone would have me saying YES if I was in the right financial situation.

It's totally your decision - here are just some things to fuel your thoughts.
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post #3 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Maddie Lapin View Post

- and am being offered for free a basically perfect horse - EXCEPT she's a Missouri Fox Trotter. I love this mare, she's beautiful and sweet and I'd love to have her but am really concerned I'll never get used to the gaits or get over missing posting (I love posting, keeps me from getting lazy or sore on long rides) and galloping...but the idea of passing her up is kind of heart-breaking too. Any thoughts?
You have that backward:)

You would love a Missouri Foxtrotter EXCEPT she is FREE.

Bless your precious Arab and it sounds like you have given it great care for several years. That means you should know there is no such thing as a free horse.

Sooner or later, whatever is really wrong with the MFT is going to show itself and your wallet will be paying for it.

This is a FREEhorse that requires a full PPE, including blood work, IMO.

Far as switching to a gaited horse? If you can still post without back issues, you already sound biased against gaiting so no, don't take the FREE horse. Even if the horse is healthy you will be doing both the horse and yourself an injustice.

I can't help with how MFT's feel to ride as I have ridden Walking Horses for the last 30 years - the feel of gaits vary from horse-to-horse due to body structure, but their intermediate gait is completely different than an MFT.

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post #4 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 10:04 AM
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I have never met anyone that "loves" posting - but I guess there is a first for everything. Not sure what kind of riding you do but I would literally die if someone offered me a free MFT. We had one and loved her!!! We have Tennessee Walking horses now but my daughter who owned the Fox Trotter has vowed to get another one when she is out of college.

My suggestion is to ask to take the horse out on loan or a trail lease. If you find that you just do not like gaiting as opposed to trotting then take her back or help them find a suitable home for the horse. In my area a really nice gaited horse (even unregistered) would sell for well over $1000 so if this horse is healthy and rides well you are getting a great deal.
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post #5 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 02:42 PM
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I have a fox trotter and I do trail riding. Sheís got a great personality and she moves so smoothly - love both those things. I do not miss posting one bit but need to mention I have nongaited horses as well so itís not eliminated from my riding.

If truth be told, I have never galloped her (watching her in the pasture, the canter/gallop looks good and covers ground with a tendency to go into a pace for a few steps when gearing down) because she gets up enough speed in her fox trot and can zip right along which suits me. The faster the fox trot the more your weight wants to shift backward and you have to make effort (minimal) to keep a good position. This is something to keep in my mind if you donít want to get into bad riding posture habits. Otherwise, your riding position will be the same cantering/galloping as usual which foxtrotters are quite capable of doing.

I think you wonít be sorry if you take her. Good luck and keep us posted on your new adventures with her.
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post #6 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 03:53 PM
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Everyone I've known who has switched to Foxtrotters wonders why they didn't do it 20 years ago. If the horse is sound and sane, you may very well find you don't miss posting at all!
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post #7 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 05:49 PM
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I just inspected one(a foxtrotter) a couple of days ago. It belongs to the most cowboy / back country guy you could ever imagine meeting. He uses it as his lead horse when he is packing in the mountains out here. Super friendly guy too. I really liked the horse but I never expected to run across one out here.
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post #8 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 06:35 PM
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Well. I wasn't sure what I'd do with a gaited horse of my own. Having now ridden a Tennessee Walker I can tell you what I wouldn't do - be sore the next day or be tired from a very long trail ride.

I know this is about MFT horses, but I too have a bouncy, jarring horse. I adore him. But the gaited horses are where it's at. I never missed posting one bit. They are anything but boring, but if MFT are like the TWs, they too have all the standard gaits - so you can still trot if you just really have that burning need to post. I found the trot and the lope/gallop on the one I rode to be smooth as silk, but still clearly a trot or a lope.
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post #9 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 06:45 PM
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I guess I am the only one that's gone from Arabs to Fox Trotters here.

My first and second horses were Arabians. Loved them to death, wonderful trail horses. Then my next horse was a Paint, then a Mustang, then a Fox Trotter, another Fox Trotter and another Fox Trotter. Current horse is a Fox Trotter.

I never did know how to post (I am just a western trail rider) but I don't miss a hard trot AT ALL. I found with trotting horses I was looking for ways to collect them up when they trotted so they would be smooth. The Fox Trotter I have now goes automatically into smooth.

I can't fathom, honestly, why most everyone doesn't ride gaited horses. I love non-gaited horses too, and would still own one if it was the right horse BUT all things being equal I would definitely choose gaited over non-gaited. I just find them so much fun I giggle! Why wouldn't you want a smooth ride?

Gaited horses are really expensive in Arizona (like $5000-$10000) so I have never out-right purchased an expensive one. I got an exbroodmare once, and she came pregnant so I got a foal and now I have another I got from a friend (actually for free, and she is awesome). But nearly all horses in my price range are non-gaited types. To me, gaited horses are the luxury rides.

PS. Fox Trotters are closer to regular trotting horses than other gaited breeds because the fox trot is a broken (miss-timed) trot. Most other gaited horses do lateral gaits. Keep in mind though that many fox trotters also do lateral gaits and some other gaited breeds also fox trot. So the horse doesn't read his papers.

There's a lot of stupid out there!
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post #10 of 35 Old 10-15-2019, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I should have said in my original post that the horse has been boarding with me for over a year so we know each other well and I've been in love with her most of that time. Her owner is relocating several states away and health problems prevent her from riding anymore so she offered her to me. I'm strictly a trail rider. As much as I believe I would miss posting and my sporty little Arab, it would break my heart to see this mare leave and I can't afford three horses. Your responses are just the sort I was hoping to get.
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