Welcome to the Iowa Rocking Fox Trotter Club Home Page!
The Iowa Rocking Fox Trotter Club was started in 1997 as a non-profit club based on gaited horse riding. The club was formed with the Missouri Fox Trotter in mind but all horse breeds are welcome. If you have never tried a gaited horse or have always been curious about the smooth gaited breeds, contact us!
We love talking about our horses and converting people over to the wonderful world of gaited horses. Our main focus is on trail riding but we also participate in parades, fun shows and other community functions. We have trail rides through the spring, summer and fall. We also have a newsletter for our members.
Our club rides are held in parks all over Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Some parks we frequent include Brushy Creek, Elk Rock, Rock Creek, Yellow River, Stephens Forest, Garst Farms, Poosey Park and many other wonderful sites.
The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse was developed because early Ozark Mountain Settlers needed a smooth, quick riding horse that was also sure-footed enough to handle rocky, hazardous terrain. The Ozark horsemen developed the ultimate sure footed smooth riding saddle horse from the laterally-gaited breeds such as the American Saddle Horse, Standardbred and Tennessee Walking Horse and crossed them with good hard trotting breeds such as the Morgan, Thoroughbred and Arabians. These efforts resulted in an extremely comfortable, intelligent, and beautiful horse that was hardy enough for the cattle rancher, yet stylish enough to go to town with pride. The Foxtrot is basically a diagonal gait like the trot, but the horse appears to walk with his front legs and trot with his hind legs. The back feet's sliding action is quite comfortable to sit for long periods to time without posting or "standing" in the saddle. The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse is a favorite mount of the U.S. Forest Service and others who need to travel a lot country by horse.