Missouri Fox Trotters are bred for naturally smooth gaits, stamina, and sweet nature. Today, these desirable traits endear the breed to growing numbers of trail riders.
Here’s how to find a smooth-gaited trail horse that’s right for you.
As draft-horse owners already know, behind these breeds’ size, power, and muscle lies a “gentle giant” that can be a perfect trail mount and rock-solid equine friend.
Looking for a smooth, comfortable ride down the trail? Consider a Tennessee Walking Horse.
The Bashkir Curly has a short body coat that feels like crushed velvet. Owners also cherish the breed's calm, gentle temperament, dense bone, tough, round hooves, intelligence, and remarkable memory.
The Walkaloosa is renowned for its colorful coat, bravery, endurance, and, of course, its smooth gait.
The Spotted Saddle Horse is hard to beat, with a kind disposition and a big heart. The horses are gentle as a lamb with the heart of a lion.
The mustang has an elevated sense of self-preservation. It's what keeps them safe, and also makes them unique. They're more observant of things on and around the trail.
The Peruvian Horse is the Rolls Royce of riding horses. They're naturally gaited and ultrasmooth. All you have to do is sit and enjoy their gentle, rocking ride.
Colonial Spanish Horses are tough, handsome, beautifully adapted to rugged mountains and high heat. They are also very people-oriented; a real pleasure to be around.
The Fjords' small but powerfully built bodies exude substance and strength; their movement is elegant and collected. Owners extol their charming, kind personalities
Ponies of the Americas will maneuver a gate, cross a bridge, race across the pasture, and walk home quietly on a loose rein. Very rarely will your Pony of the America spook on the trail.
Whether your interest is trail riding, driving, or simply owning a delightful family horse that you can trust with your children, Haflingers do it all with a smile.
Morgan Horses are distinctive, with well- muscled bodies with dense bone, luxurious manes and tails, large eyes, quick intelligence, and kind natures.
The Rock Mountain Horse and Kentucky Mountain Horse have the sweet temperament of a puppy dog and the physical abilities of the best all-around horse you can imagine. They're surefooted and quiet.
The Azteca Horse is a sublime combination of the Andalusian and the all-American Quarter Horse. The result is an equine breed with unequaled athleticism, heart, and grace.
The Tennuvian is smooth gaited with great endurance - perfect for long days on the trail. It typically inherits the good feet of the Walking Horse, with the smaller stature and more refined head of the Peruvian.
Initially called the Palouse Horse, after a Northwest river and valley by the same name, the horse breed's name evolved into Appaloosa.
Possessing tremendous strength and endurance, the Icelandic was bred to carry adults smoothly and efficiently over miles of rugged terrain.
The sweetness and intelligence of Gaited Curlies is endearing. Discerning riders want a smooth gait and good temperament; the curl and color are like icing on the cake
Missouri Fox Trotters have the smoothest ride you could want; Missouri Fox Trotters are athletic, pleasant to look at, surefooted, and Missouri Fox Trotters are great on the trail.
What really stands out in the Tennessee Walking Horse is disposition. The Tennesse Walking Horse breed gentle nature is as steady and smooth as the long-reaching stride he's renowned for.