We have a passion for Missouri Fox Trotting horses. Fox Trotters are a very versatile breed that make excellent trail horses for any age rider. We believe that the techniques we use provide horses with respect, the desire to please and the desire for humans to be their leader. We will provide you with tools you need for a safe, reliable trail horse. Whether you purchase one of the many horses we offer, or if you would like to be able to pick up the tips and methods we use, this is your site. We strive to provide quality, solid trail horses.
How we arrived here today
Mike is a professional trainer that has more than 30 years experience in training horses. Granted the early years was not the type of training that he does today! Matter of the fact the differences are staggering. In his teens Mike rode and showed Tennessee Walking Horse for Claude Laffone in Houston Missouri. This was as most kids are, “let me on and we’ll see what this one will do!” Mike also team roped, worked as a cowboy on a working ranch which he loved. The love of horses, the cowboy life, and the desire to continue with this avenue took a couple of unexpected turns.
Mike had the opportunity to work for a many time World Champion Quarter Horse Pleasure trainer. Mike was riding the young horses and following the guidance of the trainer. There were many times that he was doing things that really didn’t make a lot of sense to the cowboy rough rider, however these things began to make him wonder and examine the horses movements differently than he ever had in his life. Before it was hop on and let’s go, you have heard the phrase, “this horse just needs wet saddle blankets”. This catch phrase soon became known to be incorrect. In fact most problems are taken care of BEFORE you even get on your horse. Mike began to study and when I say study I mean study everyone and everything available. Before he knew it he became a horseman, no longer a cowboy trainer.
My experience starts with showing ponies at the ripe old age of 5. My grandfather loved Shetland ponies, he had a team of 8 that pulled a stage coach. We had many ponies so, I grew up showing Shetlands then graduated to Hackney ponies. I won a state championship at the age of 10. I graduated to horses as a teenager and have had horses and shown gaited horses ever since. During my horse career I have ridden many types of gaited horses and shown several breeds.
Mike and I married then we had a decision to make. Which breed would we live our lives riding and training? The decision was an easy one, Missouri Fox Trotting Horses! Fox Trotters have qualities that make it a better all around versatile horse than a lot of other gaited trail or show horses. We can trail ride, show in the Performance arena where we have standing at stud the 2017 4 year old World Champion Stallion. We also sort with our Fox Trotters as well as how in the Versatility arena where this year’s 2017 in hand trail horse World Champion was trained by Mike and the same horse won the first Missouri Fox Trotting Sorting at the World Show and Celebration.
Mike and I chose the quiet little town of Thayer Missouri situated on the state line between Arkansas and Missouri. Our facility has 30 ac and a wonderful indoor training facility. This past year we added an obstacle course and have plans for a larger course. We hope that you find our home as lovely as we do if you decide to come and visit.
The Perfect Trail Horse
We have had so many horses come to us that have “holes” in their training. Most people say to us “it just needs some riding.” No, it needed to have been started correctly. Things can be corrected but the goal is to start a horse correctly and not have to re train the horses brain. The Missouri Foxtrot Breed is absolutely the all around horse that you are looking to buy if you want an athletic horse that has endurance, as well as balance, a smooth ride and a good brain. Whether you want to trail ride, show, work cattle or have a horse you can saddle up and just ride around, the Missouri Fox Trotter has what it takes.
Tips and Techniques
We hope to show you some tips and techniques to help you on your horse journey. Whether it’s tack, nutrition, shoeing, problems with your horses gait or movements or solving problems with your horses behavior. Or if you are looking for a place to have your horse started we want to help. If you are looking for the perfect trail horse we will have horses for sale that you can come and ride and we will fit the horse to the rider. We hope you will come back to our site often and see what is new because we will have event information as well as new horses and tips. Remember that even though you are not a professional trainer, every time you saddle up you are teaching your horse for the good or bad. Let’s make it for the good every time!
All the best,
Mike and Joy Meizler