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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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 young horses, > 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 quite > harmful. > > I also factor in mental maturity. My Canadien mare, as a two year old, was a > complete dork. Definitely not grown up yet. This year, as a three year old, > 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 the > training process, but I will still only ride her very lightly this year. My > goal is to have a life-long partner who is SOUND forever ... and training a > 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 sound > 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 another > year of more serious riding when she is five. > > However, only YOU know what is right for both you and your horse, and no > matter what anyone tells you, the decision is yours. >
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!
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.