The Canadian Sport Horse is a popular sports breed known for its excellent ability in jumping, especially hopping over timber fences swiftly, as well as their remarkable talent as a riding horse. In the past, this light horse breed had also been used as a war horse, as well as for hunting.
|Other Names||Canadian Hunter|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Intelligent, lively, willing, kind|
|Physical Traits||The body is well balanced with a good proportion, a broad chest, defined hindquarters, solid leg joints and hooves with a considerable size|
|Coat Colors||Bay, black, chestnut, bay, palomino|
|Height/Size||Up to 16 hands (adult)|
|Weight||Up to 1,500 pounds|
|Common Uses||Jumping, dressage, eventing, endurance|
|Health Problems||Generally healthy|
|Type||Eventing horse, Riding horse, Sport horse, Show horse, Work horse|
|Ancestors (Bloodlines)||English Thoroughbred, local Canadian breeds|
|Popular Traits||Multi-talented, excellent in jumping, easily trainable, durable|
|Feeding/Diet||General horse diet including hay, grass, grains, etc.|
|Country of Origin||Canada|
|Associations and Registries||The Canadian Sport Horse Association
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The Canadian Sport Horse is a relatively new breed that developed in the latter half of the 19th century. It is a hunter type horse that was created by the farmers from Canada by crossing the local equines with the English Thoroughbred horses.
The result was a success, as the new breed developed as an agile horse with the ability to trot smoothly and excelled in jumping, dressage, and other eventing circuits.
Resultantly, this horse was also used in the World War II, as well as in agriculture, and eventually emerged as a versatile competition horse at present.
With the increasing popularity of the breed, the Canadian Hunter, Saddle & Light Horse Improvement Society was developed in 1926. Furthermore, The Canadian Sport Horse was incorporated into the Canadian Hunter Society in 1933, after which a studbook was also introduced. Presently, the society is working with the new name of Canadian Sport Horse Association.