Being Canada’s official horse since 2002, the Canadian horse can be described as faithful, hard working, dedicated to humans and keenly intelligent. Brought over from Europe in the 1650s, the Canadian horse adapted well to the demands and harsh Canadian winters therefore has been branded “the little iron horse”. They are hardy, hard working and “easy keepers”. During the First World War, most were sent overseas to support the troops as war horses, almost driving them to extinction in Canada. A major effort during the 60s helped their numbers rebound, and the breed is now acknowledged as versatile, intelligent and talented. Unfortunately, active efforts are still needed to keep the breed thriving as they are still not recognized for all their qualities.
At Serene View Ranch, we presently have two Canadian horses who are part of the equine-assisted psychotherapy program.
Okay, so for many years, I did not understand people who were into miniature horses, that is, until 2014. While attending an EAGALA conference in Texas with equine specialist Mary, miniature horses were used in the equine psychotherapy demonstrations. These little fellows impressed me so much, that I told Mary, “I’m getting some for our program”. Being a great friend, Mary found some for sale in PEI and by August 2015, three miniature horses landed at Serene View Ranch. Miniature horses are known for their intelligence, quick learning and curiosity. Although they are small, they stand up for themselves and don’t let size get into the way. Another interesting fact about miniature horses is that there are a few programs in the US that are training miniature horses as service animals for PTSD. We presently have four miniature horses in our programs.
OUR OTHER HORSES