Today’s Horse Facts: The Fox Trotter

The Fox Trotter is a smaller version of the gaited Tennessee Walker.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Fox Trotter


Gorgeous Fox Trotter Stallion

       Let’s see. We’ve looked at some pretty fascinating breeds of horses lately: the Haflinger, the Gypsy Vanner, and the Rocky Mountain Horse. This time we’re going to look at another breed that is usually not on the tips of the tongues of your average person or maybe even horse admirers. Let’s take our ten-question quiz about (DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!) the Fox Trotter!

The Fox Trotter? Yes, the Fox Trotter is a breed of horse. Are you ready to see how much you know about this breed? Here we go with your “true/false” test:

  1. This breed’s official name is the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse.
  2. The Fox Trotter is a gaited horse with a smooth running walk like a Tennessee Walker.
  3. The Fox Trotter came to this country from England during colonial times.
  4. This breed is a large powerful horse about 16-18 hands and over 1400 pounds.
  5. Fox Trotters are used in all kinds of venues, like pulling logs in a field, and in all kinds of show classes.
  6. There are over 100,000 registered Fox Trotters in the USA, Canada, Austria, and Germany.
  7. The U.S. Forest Rangers use the Fox Trotter breed almost exclusively for their work in national parks.
  8. Like the American Saddlebred horse, Fox Trotters’ tails are “nicked” to give them their lift.
  9. One of the nicknames for this breed is “The Cowboy’s Cadillac.”
  10. Fox Trotters must be solid colors.

    Nice Brown Stallion

Okay, horse facts genius. Let’s see how you did. Here the answers to the quiz:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. F   It was bred by colonial settlers in the Missouri Ozarks,USA.
  4. F   This breed is between 14-16 hands and 900 and 1200 pounds
  5. T
  6. F   There are over 50,000 Fox Trotters registered in theUSA,Canada,Austria,Germany.
  7. F
  8. F  Fox Trotters have a natural high tail set that needs no “nicking.”
  9. T
  10. F   This breed can be any color or combination of colors.

If you want to learn more about this beautiful breed, go to

Next time, we’ll discuss the Suffolk Punch breed.

Happy riding!




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