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I'm a 58 year old guy, disabled by chemotherapy, that fell in love with this big black gelding where I had my quarter horse. Through an unusual chain of events, I was given Mainguy Bismark Faco for a birthday present;he is the most amazing, loving,FUN horse I've ever known, though I'd never heard of the 'little iron horse' before meeting him. I congratulate all you owners out there, I know you love 'em! And he's better than any therapy the drs. have offered!
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besides my horse, a fantastic little terrier, Courage

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Can anyone give me tips on how long my horses forelocks should be? It's so long, I wonder if it hampers his vision! Is it better to trim them shorter? Canadians are a new world for me, appreciate any advice!

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 10:37am

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At 8:01pm on February 18, 2013, Kelly Lockerman said…

Tony, I don't know if you are still checking your wall but if so send me a message, I used to own your horse:)  He was Facon when I owned him.  Glad to see him and you looking so happy!


At 9:12am on November 5, 2012, Queenrider said…

This website might help you.

At 10:21pm on November 3, 2012, Cyndi said…

I just saw your photos as they scrolled through the main page, and I thought, "That HAS to be a Canadien!!"  :)

At 11:22am on November 2, 2012, Queenrider said…

This is the national breed organization and can help you with getting the papers transferred over.

At 11:20am on November 2, 2012, Queenrider said…

Canadians are spooky when young but seem to grow out of a lot of it when they hit 6. Mine is still spooky(he is 6 now) but has grown out of 90% of it.  My friend has a 18 year old Canadian who is bomb proof.  They take their cues from their rider.  You have to be very relaxed and mentally calm and just go by the scary stuff.  I have a buck strap on my saddle to grab when needed.  When passing spooky stuff you can try keeping them focused on you by asking them to change their bend frequently.

At 11:15am on November 2, 2012, Queenrider said…

I found "normal" training doesn't work well with this breed. They are also very sensitive.   I use my voice to calm /soothe/reward them and to express when they are being naughty. I always ride with my dressage whip.  I tried riding without a whip but they slowly try to take control and be the boss.  When they are naughty the most I have to do is yell a bit and give a tap with my whip. Then you have to forgive and move on.

At 11:06am on November 2, 2012, Queenrider said…

When I was breaking my guy when he was 3 the progress we were making was painfully slow.  I thought I had bought a retard.  Then a friend suggested I try treats.  So once I started rewarding him with a mint for desired behaviour progress became rapid.  This horse will do anything for a mint.I went through bags of mints when he was 3.  Now I always have mints in my pocket.  Currently he gets one after the bridle is done up and on, one once I am in the saddle and then another after we are finished the ride.

At 11:01am on November 2, 2012, Queenrider said…

I have attached a picture of my Canadian being ridden by my coach (Jill Steadman) at his last show Sept 30, 2012. His tail used to reach the ground but got eaten!  I do all the braiding and prep work myself.

At 10:58am on November 2, 2012, Queenrider said…

The breed standard is long manes and long tales and long forelocks but if you are not into showing then any length is ok.

At 10:55am on October 31, 2012, Queenrider said…

My Canadian found me.  I first saw him when he was a weanling.  My friend wanted to buy a Canadian so I was dragged off to this farm in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter. She was talking with owner off in a corner when this little weanling walked right over to me and put his nose on me. It was lightening had struck.  I had to have this little guy but my finances would not allow it.  I still had my old TB and I can only afford one horse at a time. Two years later and she had died and this now big guy was still for sale so I rushed out and bought him. He is now 6 years old and this has been quite a journey.  He is 16.2 HH and 1300 lbs and I love him dearly.


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