Originating from Canada, the Canadian horse is widely misunderstood
and unknown. The breed began with horses to Canada from France
by King Louis XIV. In the latter part of the 1600's, these
horses were believed to be ancestors of the Barb, Andalusian,
and Arab breeds. Even modern day Canadian horses still display
these strong traits.
Because these horses are seriously misunderstood, the popularity
of the breed has not ever seen its peak. In fact, today, there
are only around 2500 Canadian horses, which leads the ALC
(American Livestock Conservancy) to list the breeds as critical.
In most cases, the Canadian horse is used as a utility horse.
Its limited requirements of food, its willingness to succeed,
and its strength, makes this a valuable horse as a carriage
horse, as well as a plowing horse. Adult Canadian horses,
typically weigh somewhere between 1,000 and 1,400 pounds,
standing at 14 to 16 h.h.
Colors range from chestnut, to bay or dark brown, but are
more commonly colored black. With their mains and tails being
very long, wavy, and thick, their arched necks, and their
finely chiseled heads, it is easy to spot their Andalusian
and Barb ancestry.
What makes the Canadian horse such a pleasure to own and
breed is that they want to please their owners, they are extremely
smart, sensible, kind, and very social creatures.
The Carthusian, also referred to as Carthujano or Carthusian-Andalusian,
originates from Spain. As one of the oldest and most prestigious
breeds of Spanish Horses, it is thought to be the purest branch
of Andalusian existing today. There are many different distinct
characteristics of the Carthusian that people often look for
when considering this breed of horse. For example, in some
cases, the Carthusian will have horn like features or tail
Both of these characteristics are thought to display their
direct line of heritage. The Carthusian is typically of a
grey color, though black or chestnut coloring is not out of
the question. They carry convex profiles on their lighter
heads, with very lively, large eyes, smaller ears, and a broad
forehead. They have a deep, broad checks, sloped shoulders,
a broad and short back, arched and appropriately proportioned
neck, and a sloped croup.
The Caspian, an ancestor to breeds of light horses and oriental
horses, is a rare, but extremely beautiful horse. In 1965,
the Caspian was extremely close to becoming extinct. Still
a very rare breed of horse, it has been linked to horse breeds
that existed 1,000 years ago, such as the prehistoric Persian
Breeding for this horse is somewhat difficult, thanks to
the ovulation cycle of mares. Though breeding efforts still
continue and the breed is no longer on the brink of extinction,
it is still a very rare breed of horse. The Caspian's are
typically found in areas of the United States, New Zealand,
The Caspian is often used for show and for harness. It has
great driving powers, as well as excellent abilities in jumping.
The Caspian has many distinct characteristics, such as large
eyes on a fine, short head. They also have low, large nostrils,
and a small muzzle. The Caspian is a short horse, but well
proportioned, with coloring that range from the common chestnut,
grey, and bay, to the occasional black colored Caspian.
CAYUSE INDIAN PONY
The Cayuse Indian Pony is the direct symbol of the Old West.
Known as the wild horse, the Cayuse Indian Pony is best known
for it's symbolism of survival, stamina, and freedom. This
breed of horse began in the 1800's and though many breeds
of horses were originated during this time, such as wild Spanish
Barb, or the Wild Mustang, the Cayuse Indian Pony is distinct.
The Cayuse Indian Pony is stocky and quite small, it stands
at around fourteen hands, but still quite powerful. It has
a larger than usual cannon bone, high withers, and a pastern
with a distinct slope. This makes the Cayuse a popular riding
horse for the young or old, because it makes for an easy seat
and a pleasant ride.
Most of the Cayuse Indian Pony breed is found within the
state of California, in the United States. At this time, the
breed is on the verge of extinction with only a handful of
Cayuse Indian Ponies existing.
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