Breeding is the everlasting drive for the perfect connexion
We are a breeder, exporter and enthusiast for the Missouri Fox Trotting Horses. The successful and proven Missouri Fox Trotting stallions, the fantastic foundation mares and their offspring from the Miller-Ranch are perfect for everyone, involved in breeding.
Whether pasture, hand, embryo or artificial breeding (A1), the stallions and mares of the Miller-Ranch belong to first class bloodlines of the breed and are passing on their virtues.
It is the philosophy of the Miller-Ranch and our main concern and high priority to breed the type of Missouri Fox Trotter, showing and proving its unbeatable versatility combined with beauty and charisma, stamina, flexibility and cow sense, nature gaits and rhythm.
Only the best of the best, meeting all these requirements, should be selected for breeding.
The Gaits of the Missouri Fox Trotter
1. Fox Trot (breed goal)
The Fox Trot is a diagonal 4-beat gait. The Fox Trot is a stylish gait; the horse walks in an elegant manner with the front legs and trots with the hind legs. This rhythmic motion travels through the whole body from nose to tail. The front legs should not show any high knee action. The hind legs should perform a sliding movement, during which the hind hoof steps into or over the track of the front hoof. The head should be slightly elevated and convey the rhythmic motion of the hind legs. The tail is to be carried in a naturally elevated manner and should also move in rhythm with the gait. The gait should be flat, in good rhythm and must be consistent over distance.
2. Flat Foot Walk (breed goal)
The Flat Foot Walk is a 4- gait in lateral step sequence. The track of the hind hoof should over stride the track of the front hoof. When executed correctly, one can hear the steady equal four beat cadence of the hooves. The up and down motion of the head in the walk is stronger than during a Fox Trot. The gait should be flat consistent over distance.
3. Canter/Lope (breed goal)
The Canter is a rhythmic 3-beat collected gait. The definition “Canter” and “Lope” are inter- changeable. The canter of the Fox Trotter should be rhythmic, ground covering and of moderate speed. It is similar to the lope of a Western Horse and should have a slightly rolling motion. The horse should appear relaxed and move freely on a light rein.
Show Canter (required during Performance test, in Europe beginning with 6-year old horses)
The Show Canter is a rhythmic 3-beat gait. It should be performed collected. The horse should go slowly and composed at rider’s hand. The rocking chair motion allows the horse an expressive demonstration of its head as counter balance to the 3-beat gait. The head reaches its highest point, when the outer hind leg hits the ground and the lowest point, when the inner front leg hits the ground. Shown correctly ,the Show Canter is not faster than the Flat Foot Walk. Too much elevation in front, failure to maintain forward motion, four beat canter, excessive speed and excessive pumping with the reins are not appropriate.
TIPS FOR NEWCOMER
- 1. You have to appraise your horsemanship skills: experienced, intermediate, or beginner?
- 2. You have to know what you want: a trail/leisure horse, an endurance horse, a horse for shows/tournaments, a horse for breeding or a combination of these.
- 3. You have to do an extensive research: contact approved breeders with approved offspring and adequate success in shows or the discipline in which you are interested.
- 4. No matter what kind of Fox Trotter you are looking for, it is important to ride very good or even excellent horses, before making any decision in order to get the unique feeling, that comes with riding a good Fox Trotter.
- 5. If you have a horse you are interested in, ask for it to be shown in a freestyle riding, at the Flat Foot Walk, Fox Trot and Lope. It is always an advantage to have a video, which allows you to examine the horse later in privacy of your home, before making a decision.
- 6. Before purchasing a Fox Trotter ,it should be Understood, that the registration papers from the MFTHBA will be provided as well as all information concerning veterinary care history, dental care history, saddle fit, and description of horseshoeing care including hoof angles. Naturally the seller should be willing to provide documentation of vaccination, worming and dental care.
- 7. Ask the breeder whether his brood mare and/or stallion have an EU-registration-certificate from the EMFTHA and whether his breeding horses have finalized a positive Breeding Suitability Test (ZTU). It is desirable ,to have at least one of the parents , registered in the EMFTHA Studbook , Class I, II or III, especially when considering a high quality and high priced Fox Trotter.
- 8. When you intend to import a Fox Trotter from the USA, ask for a confirmation that this horse was not shown as a 2-year at a show or tournament. Ask for a Breed Suitability Test or at least for a pre-purchase appraisal.
Oldtime Stallions of the Breed
The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse should stand 14 to 16 hands in height, be of good conformation, and able to carry weight. The animal should stand well on its feet, be erect, wide awake and alert. The neck should be graceful, in proportion to length of body, and well-joined to body. The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse should have a neat, clean, intelligently-shaped head; pointed ears that are well-shaped; good, large, bright eyes; and a tapered muzzle. The back should be reasonably short and strong; the body deep and well-ribbed. The flank should be full; and the chest deep and full. The shoulders should be properly sloped and well-muscled. The legs should be muscular and well-tapered. The foot should be well-made, strong and in proper proportion to the size of the horse.
These qualities and virtues make the Missouri Fox Trotter unique as a Ranch-,Trail-,Pleasure-,Endurance-and Show-Horse.