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Hi everyone! I am currently looking into purchasing a gaited, beginner/husband safe trail horse and ...
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    Tennesse Walking Horse vs. Missouri Fox Trotter

    Hi everyone! I am currently looking into purchasing a gaited, beginner/husband safe trail horse and have narrowed my search down to a TWH and a MFT. I was just wondering if anyone can explain the major differences between each breed, and maybe if one is a better/smoother ride for trails than the other? I hear gaited horses move a bit faster than non-gaited so one downside is if I go on a group ride with my AQHA friends, I can plod along with them until they break out in a trot and then I may end up moving away from the group with a faster paced, gaited horse. Any other opinions/experiences? I am at a toss up for which one I like better between the two horses I am looking at, both are really nice, safe and sane, beginner trail horses.

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    I have ridden both but I don't know much about gaited horses I wouldn't base it on people's opinions I would try both horses. In my experiences gaited horses are more comfortable to ride for long rides but they even walk faster than a non gaited horse. My grandma's TWH will leave my TB even at a walk. Her TWH is also the most uncomfortable thing I've ever ridden (I blame that on his horrible confo). I have also ridden awesome TWH. Our MFT were slower at the walk than our TWH but I don't know if that's common or just ours.
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    Hi thanks, I am still debating between the two I am looking at...I still have to try riding both and see how they ride, I didn't know if maybe there was a big difference in stride or how one rides over the other so I was hoping maybe someone who has a lot of experience riding TWH and MFT could tell me a little difference between them both =)

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    My mom has a MFT, this is her second one. She just loves them. They are very calm by nature and very careful. I could sit that Fox Trot ALL DAY! And you'll want to! They struggle with the canter at first, when they are green, but if you get a 5-6 year old that's ready to go then it should be a problem. One thing I found with MFT is that babies 2-3 year olds are $5500. I'm not sure how much an experienced one would be.

    My experiences with TW is that they are a hotter horse than the MFT. They tend to be more spooky and not so careful with their feet. Now that's my experience and I'm sure other could say differently.

    Their gaits aren't exactly the same, but MFT seemed a whole heck of a lot smoother.

    Another horse to look into is the Rocky Mountain Horse. They have a rack that is to die for. My Warmblood has to do a really big extended trot to keep up with that.

    MFT have a dog walk (very slow walk), a flat footed walk (which is like speed walking), the fox trot (Some people say it's troting in the front and walking in the back, but it's more complicated than that), and finally the canter.

    TW have a walk, running walk (somewhere between a walk and trot for a 3 gaited horse like a Quarter Horse), flat walk (same gat as MFT), and canter. Some can even do the fox trot, rack, and stepping pace. Not ideal for show, but like you said for trail...might be nice to have all those options.

    Hope that helps. Both breeds have this great rocking canter. Effortless and comfy for the rider. Gaited horses do need constant contact though...you can't give them the reins as that will cause them to "break" gait and becoming "pacey"

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    I have ridden both, I tend to prefer the TWH. In my experience, walkers have a stockier look to them (especially across the chest) and tend to be taller (but not always). I lived 20 miles from the MFT headquarters and don't care to tell you- there are TONS of them here. I like the running walk much better than the fox trot. But it's all about your preference. Either one will move faster in second gear than a qh will trot, if you let them "step out". I think a foxtrotter looks a little funny because their heads bob up and down when they foxtrot (nothing you can do about it either, they are supposed to do that). But I have seen some really high strung walkers too. It will all depend on what you prefer, and how they behave, and what you are comfortable handling. Good luck!
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    I would love to own a MFT! They are gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    My mom has a MFT, this is her second one. She just loves them. They are very calm by nature and very careful. I could sit that Fox Trot ALL DAY! And you'll want to! They struggle with the canter at first, when they are green, but if you get a 5-6 year old that's ready to go then it should be a problem. One thing I found with MFT is that babies 2-3 year olds are $5500. I'm not sure how much an experienced one would be.

    My experiences with TW is that they are a hotter horse than the MFT. They tend to be more spooky and not so careful with their feet. Now that's my experience and I'm sure other could say differently.

    Their gaits aren't exactly the same, but MFT seemed a whole heck of a lot smoother.
    Where are you shopping?! They are just as cheap as anything else around here... Even well papered, well trained foxtrotters still average about the same as a QH. There is a horse sale tonight, if you PM me in tomorrow, I will let you know how many went through and what the average price was... BTW, I live in southern Missouri- less than a 100 miles from the Headquarters.
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    I'm in wisconsin, so I'm not all too surprised they are cheap down in the state they came from.

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    Shipping them would be cheaper, wouldn't it? Even the yearly breed sale is cheaper than that and those horses have show experience. Anyway OP, good luck and let us know what you decide!
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    I am in Wisconsin too and I have seen MFT's in the cheaper range...but not the really laid back beginner type. I am looking for a calm, laid back, beginner/husband safe/child safe gaited horse with longer strides, easy on the back (I have a pinched nerve in my lower back - trotting on non-gaited horses is not very comfortable for me). My parents have gaited ponies, great horses but because they are smaller (13-14hh) their smaller steps are too choppy for me. I prefer a horse around 15hh. Taller is okay but just means I need a block to get up lol.

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