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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Been into horses for over 27 years. I have three horses. Victor is a 12 year old OTTB and has tons of personality. He is my levels horse. Bailey is a 10 year old Canadian Sport horse and is my 'go to' horse when the kids come to visit for she looks after them so well. Magie is my newest addition, and she is only 4 mo old. She is a Canadian!!! :)
Do you have any pets?
3 horses, 4 cats.

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At 11:00am on October 31, 2012, Frances Tufts said…

HI Laura,

I'mglad to see you are enjoying your fillly. I was surprised to rad that you are planning to back her as a 2 year old.

There have been many discussions about the tight age to  start a Canadian, and the gerneral consenus is that, due to their slow growth, they should not be backed until 3 at the earliest.

I am pasting a comment (not mine)  from the Canadian Horse group  on Yahoo that I think gives some really strong points about age at which to back your Canadian:

 My personal regime is NO longing, ever, (hard on their knees), and very
lightly breaking them to saddle and/or harness in their third year (but
fourth year is better). I think ponying is great exercise for
> the same benefits as longing, but without the harm to
their joints.
> I think asking for collection before a horse is
mature enough is also
> harmful.
> I also factor in
mental maturity. My Canadien mare, as a two year old, was
> complete
dork. Definitely not grown up yet. This year, as a three year
she is a different horse (especially after being beat up by other mares
while at the stallion's - hooray!). She is more mentally prepared for
> training process, but I will still only ride her very lightly this
> goal is to have a life-long partner who is SOUND forever ...
and training
> horse as a two year old quite possibly could lead to
mental and physical
> break down - in my opinion, of course! Proof of this
are the number of
> aged cutting horses out there (practically
none) ... and the number of
> horses who were started young who now have
vices (weaving, cribbing, etc.)
> ... in my way of thinking, it is not
worth it.
> My mare gets a year of light riding, a year to be a
mommy, and then
> year of more serious riding when she is
> However, only YOU know what is right for both you and your
horse, and no
> matter what anyone tells you, the decision is

At 10:14am on October 31, 2012, tony crook said…

thanks for the welcome, Laura-your mare is beautiful! You're right, mine is like a big puppy too, even though he just turned 16.He's a smarter horse than I am a human-lol. I'm 58, but most of my experience has been with 'rental" horses-keys in the ignition, ready to go, and Bismark has taught me so much! I've always loved Canada, been through Ontario a long time ago, nicest folks I've ever met! Now I have another reason to love Canada!

At 3:36pm on November 15, 2011, Frances Tufts said…

Hi Laura,

This week is actually pretty good for a visit. Give me a call 905-983-5465 and we'll plan a get together.

Where are you coming from?

Looking forward to meeting you.



At 7:50am on November 15, 2011, Frances Tufts said…

Hi Laura,

 So glad  that you enjoyed the Royal and that you have your first Canadian. They are a wonderful breed for sure.

Having worked with the organizing committtee to organize and run the Canadian Horse Show @ Orono for several years, and having also helped to organize the Canadian Horse show held at Saddlewood in Bethany, I can attest to the huge amount of work it takes to launch and maintain a show. The Canadianhorseshow@Orono was always  a good show with lots of entries in both line classes and performance. Feed-back to theorganizing group was always positive.

However, there was no one willing to step up to help, and the organizing committee, and after 4 years volunteeer burn-out took its toll and we  found it too difficult  to keep it going.

Orono is central, has terrific grounds, good trailer access, great facilities. It makes an ideal show venue as many other  horse organizations have discovered.


Anyone  who wishes to organize a Canadian Horse show would be well advised to consider Orono as a venue. There are many of us in the area who have experience and would be willing to help with  contacts and entries.


The Upper Canada Division of the Canadian Horses Breeders association has a show and activities run by Brenda Pantling. They have a show in Orangeville in September.

There are classes at the Mrerrickville fair for Canadian horses.

I'm sure they would welcome volunteers.


Since you are close to Orono, please feel free to contact me, We are always happy to show off our beautiful Canadian Horses.


Enjoy your new Canadian.




At 3:31pm on September 17, 2011, Frances Tufts said…

Welcome to the wonderful world of Canadian Horses Laura.  You live very close to us, please feel free to call us and  come by to see our Canadians.


At 9:39am on August 30, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…
Welcome to Barnmice Laura!

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