canadian breeds cowgirl magazine

Horses have played an important role in the development of Canada. They’re valued for their strength, intelligence, and beauty. There are a few breeds that originated in this country. Some of these horses are rare, so don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of them.

Canadian Horse Breeds

1. Newfoundland Pony

Developed in Newfoundland and Labrador providences, this breed is well accustomed to harsh climates. These ponies are hardy and muscular! They stand an average of 11 to 14.2 hands. Most of them come in bay, black, chestnut, gray, or roan.

2. Sable Island Horse

A small group of wild horses live off the coast of Nova Scotia. The Sable Island Horse is federally protected. Though they’re pony size at 13 to 14 hands, this breed has horse ancestors. Their stocky builds and shaggy coats give them a unique appearance.

3. Lac La Croix Indian Pony

This ponies history goes back hundreds of years! They have a close relationship with the Lac La Croix people. This semi-feral breed stands between 12 and 14.2 hands. They’re strong and have durable hooves. Some have primitive markings.

4. Canadian Warmblood

This gorgeous breed competes in a wide range of disciplines. They excel in jumping, dressage, and eventing. Some have even went as far as the Olympics! On average, Canadian Warmbloods are 15 to 17 hands height and have athletic builds.

Have you heard of any of those rare breeds? What a beautiful collection of horses!