Fox Trotting Horse
The gentle and easily trained Fox Trotter is a product of more than a
century of careful breeding. About 150 years ago settlers and pioneers
in the rugged Ozark hills realized the need for a sure-footed and easy
traveling horse which would also be comfortable to ride. As the western
migration began, the settlers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia
brought with them the best of their saddle horse stock. These were the
foundation stock of what was later known as the Fox Trotter. This
includes the Arabian, Morgan, Tennessee Walker and American Saddlebred
horses. All of these bloodlines were poised, graceful horses that
responded with sensitive eagerness to training.
Thus evolved the Fox Trotter, a horse that is handsome in appearance
and agreeable in temperament. The ability to travel long distances at a
comfortable speed made the Fox Trotter a favorite mount of the country
doctor, sheriff, assessor and anyone else required to spend long hours
in the saddle.
Today, when automobiles have replaced the horse as a necessity, the Fox
Trotter is again in demand as a pleasure horse, show horse and a cross
country trail horse. Their gentle dispositions make them a suitable
mount for most anyone.
from a 1986 AFTHBA Western Division publication.