So I was told to post over here - cause I have a Canadian horse!
Canadian horses are (if my sources are accurate) the ancestors of Morgan horses
They are beyond my all time favorite breed!
Here's what I know about them:
-They are also known as Cheval Canadien
-They are actually not made out of Percherons despite their appearance, My source says "these Norman and Breton horses were felt to be of Arab, Andalusian and Barb ancestry"
-"They are tough, strong horses, tolerant of inclement weather conditions, and are extremely “easy keepers”. Because of these traits, the Canadian Horse is often referred to as “The Little Iron Horse”. "
-"The Canadian Horse typically stands 14 – 16 hh and weighs 1000 – 1400 lb. Although most frequently black, they may also be dark brown, bay or chestnut. They are characterized by their finely chiseled heads, arched necks, and thick, long, wavy manes and tails – all reminiscent of their Barb and Andalusian ancestry. They have strong, sturdy legs and short cannon bones often exceeding 9” in circumference. Their feet are exceptionally well formed and tough, and generally require little more than routine trimming. Best of all, Canadian Horses are renowned for their kind, sensible, sociable natures, intelligence and willingness to please. "
-They nearly died out but are coming back very quickly with over 3000 now!!
-"They found their way into the early stud books of the Morgan, Standardbred, and Tennessee Walking Horse breeds. "
When I got my mare I had no idea what breed she was - everyone told me she was a Morgan Percheron cross, made sense to me - then I got a book about the breed standards for North American horses and There She Was!! Right in the book under "Canadian Horse" What a vague name -.-
But no doubt that's her breed, checked it out there's a breeder right near the person I got her from!!
To me they essentially look like a draft version of Morgans.
Here are some pictures of my mare (please pardon her feet in the first couple pics, it was the first day I got her when my fiance had his fancy camera), but they also come in a sportier version:
Her first time being ridden:
These are not my horses or pictures, I found them on google but it's a good example of the sportier version of the breed, you can completely see where the Morgan came from in them!
Their incredible profile:
That's my ridiculously picture heavy post :P They are absolutely my favorite breed - I keep thinking "oh I love this about Morgans, I just wish they were draftier - OH YA! they do come that way!" Haha :P