Today, the breed is oriented towards a modern pleasure and show horse. However they can still do the hard, challenging work on trail rides and as a ranch horse. This breed is especially popular among U.S. Forestry Rangers and ranchers in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Montana.
Missouri Fox Trotters are characterized by their friendly temperament and especially their surefootedness and endurance. Trail and endurance riders therefore appreciate the Fox Trotters very much because of these qualities.