Yes yes this is an actual breed of horse not just a figure of speech because of where we live in Canada.
Unfortunately the Canadian Horse continues to be in CRITICAL status because of low numbers and is still declining. This means there are fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 2,000 Canadian Horses. https://livestockconservancy.org/ind...ty-list#Horses
WHEREAS the Canadian horse was introduced into Canada in 1665, when the King of France sent horses from his own stables to the people of his North American colony;
WHEREAS the Canadian horse increased in number during the ensuing century to become an invaluable ally to the settlers in their efforts to survive and prosper in their new home;
WHEREAS all Canadians who have known the Canadian horse have made clear their high esteem for the qualities of great strength and endurance, resilience, intelligence and good temper that distinguish the breed;
WHEREAS the Canadian horse was at one time in danger of being lost through interbreeding or as a casualty of war, but has survived these perils but barely;
WHEREAS, since 1885 and all during the present century, widespread and increasingly successful efforts have been made to re-establish and preserve the Canadian horse;
AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada wishes to recognize the unique place of the Canadian horse in the history of Canada;
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the National Horse of Canada Act.
The National Horse
2 The horse known as the Canadian horse is hereby recognized and declared to be the national horse of Canada.
Height 14 - 16 hh, with a breed average of 15 hh
Weight: 1000 - 1400 lb
Sturdy build with strong legs, substantial bone, and excellent feet
Shorter in stature than many common riding horses in use today, a Canadian Horse tends to look bigger, be stronger, and are able to carry a larger/taller rider than their height would suggest due to their substantial body and bone size
Usually black but may also be bay, brown or chestnut. Rare individuals may be Palomino or Cream. Gray no longer exists in the breed (despite it being listed on the breed poster below)
Long, abundant, often wavy tail and mane
Excellent dispositions and good work ethic
Sociable, intelligent, sensible, trainable, and calm
The Canadian Horse is truly versatile and may be found doing dressage, jumping, eventing, endurance, driving, trail, ranch work or just being the family or kid's horse.