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  • #21
    Psst....they're meese in disguise!
    Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
    Official member of the "I Sing Silly Songs to My Animals!" Clique
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    • #22
      Canadian Horses rock They're also known as Cheval Canadiens... I have four, one competing at 4th who will debut PSG this year, a young dressage horse and a young event horse.

      There's a breed profile on them in this months USDF connections.

      Here are a few of mine!
      Patriote
      http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1778864_n.jpg

      Truly
      http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...20996336_n.jpg

      Showy
      http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...35930964_n.jpg

      Mike - I'm guessing the one you saw was D'Art? (Artagon)
      True North Dressage
      Select Cheval Canadiens for dressage and eventing
      www.TrueNorthDressage.com

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      • #23
        Originally posted by *Teddy* View Post
        Oh very sturdy, some ride like tanks!! Im riding one who can pass for a perchron
        That's cuz there is a LOT of that in there.

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          #24
          Originally posted by Sabovee View Post
          Canadian Horses rock They're also known as Cheval Canadiens... I have four, one competing at 4th who will debut PSG this year, a young dressage horse and a young event horse.

          There's a breed profile on them in this months USDF connections.

          Here are a few of mine!
          Patriote
          http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1778864_n.jpg

          Truly
          http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...20996336_n.jpg

          Showy
          http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...35930964_n.jpg

          Mike - I'm guessing the one you saw was D'Art? (Artagon)
          Yes, it was Artagon! And when you see his freestyle with the BIG dramatic music, it is going to blow you away as it did everyone at the clinic!
          "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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          • #25
            They are terrific horses - I've known several of them, as a former trainer of mine used to import them. They're definitely on my "someday" list for when I retire my current horse.
            life + horses
            beljoeor.com
            Bel Joeor Metier

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            • #26
              I know a couple people with Chevals.

              Nice horses! The owners both say these horses are addictive as heck too.

              We don't see them much, but they're lovely.
              You jump in the saddle,
              Hold onto the bridle!
              Jump in the line!
              ...Belefonte

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              • #27
                I hail from Cheval Canadien country, just in a 50 miles radius there are three or four breeding farms.
                As individuals they are mostly know to be one rider horses, they are great family animals as that is what they where bred for. Beeing fussed over for hours they realy love.
                They can be spook and don't realy work out of it one needs to grin and bear it they are lovely when you like wide. They come in a lot of size and breeders are going for size more than ever. They are very loyal and yes you would want to get stuck in the middle of snow storm with one of them.
                They can jump and like it despite their size. In certain individuals canter work and teaching them to do so can be a bit trying. But trot and walk is amazing.

                They are a sturdy breed that is for sure, and feet of steel, unshod in gravel and rock does not make a nick. They are used a lot in driving also which goes well with their conformation.

                I am a bit of a newbie to this forum therefore I do not know that I can put up links to breeding farms but the programs are quite comprehensive and the animals are gorgeous and pricey.

                People are starting to cross breed with QH, Paints, these mix make for great quiet trail horses, other mixes are realy stange and do not work that well.

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                • #28
                  I am late to this thread but wanted to share about my Canadian!
                  I got him just before he turned 4 and he is now 11. I am riding at third level, but I have also taught him P & P and CP. Collected work is his forte! He is a great partner- easy and willing to train. He loves to jump and trail ride- even solo mountain climbing. He has big healthy hooves and has never seen a shoe or been lame. But the best thing about him is affectionate personality and beauty!

                  http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._6821655_n.jpg

                  They are great amateur horses- I never imagined taking him this far with just occasional lessons and clinics.

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                    #29
                    Very nice! Thanks for sharing baroqueNheart.
                    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

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                    • #30
                      IIRC these may have been the mounts used by Lord Strathcona's Horse during the Boer Wars. In addition to the Strathcona Regiment several thousand head were shipped to South Africa where they gave good service. They've been around for a long time.

                      G.
                      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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                      • #31
                        They are a lovely breed and I am lucky enough to own one. I am asked all the time if he is a Friesian/Morgan cross. It's amazing how this beautiful breed has been kept such a secret.

                        The Morgan breed does have Canadian Horse in it's background. Figure was breed to two Canadian mares that had colts. Those colts were also used as breeding stallions for the Morgan breed. There are also thoughts that Figure himself was from Canadian stock. They come in mostly black but can be bay/brown or chestnut. There are around 6,000 registered in Canada and only about 200 in the US.

                        Dexter is a 9 year old gelding, stands approximately 15.2 and has a Friesian type head and feet. He is very big bodied, refined looking and is probably close to 1200 lbs. He has a very thick tail and mane and has feathers similar to a Friesian cross. He has never had shoes on, lives on air and doesn't hold a grudge if you mess up. His temperament is very loving and quiet. He is more of a push ride which I prefer.

                        I also own a very refined looking 23 year old Percheron/Morgan cross and the similarities in their appearance, temperament and antics is remarkable.

                        I ride lower level dressage with Dexter and he has also been a driving horse with his original owner/breeder.

                        I highly recommend The Canadian Horse/Le Cheval Canadien!
                        Life is what happens when you're making other plans. RiverDance

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                        • #32
                          I bred one of those magnificient horse.

                          We won the 2 yrs old Canadian Horse futurity in 2006:



                          Then I trained him and we did some low dressage class:



                          But mainly he was my partner when I was diagnosed cancer, the most sweet big giant since he stood at 16 hands.

                          He has a nice scoop over jumps, is a charm in trail and now since I sold him as I am selling all my horse because of darn cancer, he makes the joy of the guy who bought him.
                          Like he said to me; I can do anything with him !

                          Marie Lynn Hammond, a Canadian song writer and singer has made a song about Canadian Horses, named "Le petit cheval de fer" and if you go on her website under passion, then click on horse, she take care of an important history research on the breed under Legacy Canadian Ressources pages.

                          http://marielynnhammond.com/
                          Élène

                          Fighting ovarian cancer ! 2013 huge turnaround as I am winning the battle !..
                          http://esergerie.wordpress.com

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