Canadian Horse Breed

Canadian Horse

Nicknamed ‘The little iron horse’ by early inhabitants, Canadian Horses are a compact and muscular breed capable of withstanding harsh Canadian winters and the demands of ranch work and long distance riding. In spite of its history as a work-horse, the breed’s roots are far from humble. Throughout the mid-17th century Louis XIV sent approximately five dozen horses from his own stables to begin New France’s first breeding program. With many of the horses lost on the voyage, and dozens more failing to survive in the harsh East coast climate, the Canadian Horse was guaranteed a pedigree of only the strongest stock. Now listed as critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the Canadian Horse was an integral part of much of Canada’s early settlement and is a unique if under-appreciated part of Canada’s heritage.

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