June 4, 2002

The Missouri Fox Trotter was chosen as our official state horse. It walks with front feet and trots with the hind feet, giving a smooth gentle ride.    

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

Photo courtesy Archer Ranch, Indianola, Iowa