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Canadian Horses, originally called the French CanadianrnHorse, was introduced to Canada in July 1665 by King Louis XIV of France.rnInitially, King Louis XIV sent 12 of his best horses to reward the men who hadrngone to settle "New France". France continued to import these horses,rnand by 1763, their number was close to 13,000. However, as exporting the horserncontinuously increased for the Boer war in Africa, plantations in the WestrnIndies, and to the United States for stage lines and the Civil War, by thern1860s and 1870s, there were fewer than 400 Canadian Horses with fewer than 20rnregistrations per year. To preserve the remaining of the breed and keep thernhorse from going extinct, a stud book was produced in 1886. The decrease ofrnhorses slowed down, but it wasn't until 1895 that the Canadian Horse BreedersrnAssociation was formed. In 1907, the Federal Government livestock commissionerrnstarted a new stud book with improved standards.

rnrnCanadian mares are very fertile. They can reproducernregularly until the age of 20 or older.
rnrnMany Canadian Horses are bred for driving. They are alsornused for riding, jumping, hunting, farming, and light draft. Because of theirrnendurance and calmness, they are considered to be a general purpose horse. Theyrnhave endurance and a calm, docile, good-natured disposition.

Canadian Horses have a very muscular build with a long body,rnstrong arched neck, well structured head, large and widely spaced expressiverneyes, small ears, a fine muzzle, strong legs, a heavy and wavy mane, and arnheavy and high set tail. Canadian Horses are usually black or dark brown, but theyrnalso come in chestnut and bay. They stand between 14.3 and 16.2 hands high, andrncan weigh between 1000 and 1400 pounds. They are believed by some to be thernstrongest horse breed for it's size.

New registrations of the Canadian Horse have been stablernsince 2000 at 450 to 500 annually. There are now more than 6,000 horsesrnregistered.

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