The Little Iron Horse

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The Little Iron Horse

This is a group for owners, breeders, or admirers of Canada's national horse - the Canadian! The aim is to promote this little known breed and show the world how versitile and beautiful the Canadian is.

Members: 62
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2013

Here are some photos of Canadians I have had the prvledge to know and love, and call my own. These photos are just ment as an example of the breed, as they range in size shape and colour.

Discussion Forum

I bought a Canadian 7 Replies

Started by Becky. Last reply by Laura Boyle Dec 12, 2011.

UCD Futurity and Show - September 17 and 18, 2011 3 Replies

Started by Ferrous. Last reply by Laura L Sep 20, 2011.

What do you do with your Canadian? 9 Replies

Started by Roxy. Last reply by Laura Boyle Sep 17, 2011.

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Comment by Sherry on March 9, 2011 at 8:17pm

My Canadian gets free choice hay by round bale during the day which is a timothy, clover, treefoil mix, and roughly 10-12lbs in his stall at night as well as 1 cup of Brooks Phase 5 with his supplements. You have easy keepers and some that are not so easy keepers bodyscore frequently and adjust as needed is your best bet. With that being said a good rule of thumb is a 1000lb horse should have a minimum of 30lbs mixed good quality hay daily.

Comment by Ferrous on March 9, 2011 at 2:50pm
Our Canadian also gets free choice grass hay. (and he gets just enough grain to hide his supplements twice a day)
Comment by Queenrider on March 9, 2011 at 10:50am
Scooter is getting basically free choice grass hay (round bale) plus 1 cup of Purina Equalizer twice a day and supplements in the morning.  He is ridden 5 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes.
Comment by Frances Tufts on March 9, 2011 at 7:35am

RE: Hay: Good question Rose.

We feed 1/2 bale per horse in divided feeds.  1/4 bale in the AM and 1/4 in the PM. We don't use round bales.

We don't weigh the hay so I can't comment on the weight question. This winter, the horese are well-covered but not fat. If we ever get rid of the snow and ice, we will start driving them to get them back in shape.

Comment by Rose Cook on March 9, 2011 at 12:57am
Question? What is the total weight of hay that you as a Canadian horse owner are feeding them? I would like some ideas of what you feel is an appropirate amount  for this breed.
Comment by Nicola Barnes on March 7, 2011 at 12:37pm

I didn't watch, but maybe I will every now and again! :)

Shame, Pearl must be quite upset...

Comment by Rose Cook on March 6, 2011 at 8:23pm
Hey I don't know how many of you have been watching the Mare Stare site of the Mini Horses. One of the births didn't go well. Pearl lost her foal during delivery. You can see Heathers explanation of the complications. That site is an excellent teaching tool. Got to give those ladies a lot of credit. It was a very sad day.
Comment by Queenrider on March 2, 2011 at 11:17am

Scooter has a tendency to be a bit cranky at times as well.  This ususally happens when he is learning something new.  He is learning rein back in-hand and he made it quite clear he didn't like this thing.  Yesterday was his third try and he seems to understand now.  He really understands the mint reward at the end!  He will go for periods of training time as an excellent student but then he has  times where he decides he has to try and see what he can get away with.  Last night he was trying to do a "slow motion" canter so I tapped him with my whip and I got a big buck.  But I was expecting this and used it to get a better canter and a better trot so he was flowing into his bends.  Overall when I look back at where he was a year ago he has made tremendous progress.  there were times when I thought I would have give him away as a cart horse.

You may be interested in this website:

She got some of their Suspensory saver for her Canadian who ruptured his annular ligament last August.  She started him on it 2 weeks ago.  His ankle was huge.  Within 2 weeks  the swelling went down and he looks normal now!

Comment by Ferrous on March 2, 2011 at 10:56am

Hi Queenrider,

Great to hear from you! I was thinking about Scooter lately, and wondering how he is doing. It's great to hear that he likes his job. Maybe he can have a chat with The Squirt. ;)

He is doing a lot better. We still have some skin and hair to (hopefully) fill in, and now we are working on breaking up scar tissue, but he is coming along. We have a long road ahead, and we don't know what the final outcome will be... but he does trot, and does tiny bits of canter, in his paddock, so that makes up hopeful! We are gradually increasing his groundwork in the arena, and that makes him a bit cranky. He does get a bit owie as the scar tissue stretches, and he resents the end to his extended vacation! *lol* He will adjust though. He is a very fun little horse. :)

Comment by Queenrider on March 2, 2011 at 10:46am

Hi Ferrous!  How is your Canadian doing?

Scooter seems to like dressage and is working on First level stuff.  My coach wants me to show him and I know he can do it.  Showing is very expensive  when you don't have your own truck/trailer.  Maybe I will ask my boss for a huge raise so I can afford to show!

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