History: The Future of the Farm Horse in Western Canada

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Future of the Farm Horse in Western Canada
By A. H. Ewan, Professor of Animal Husbandry, University of Saskatchewan

‘The history of the farm horse in Western Canada has been brief but not inglorious – at least not until the last few years. Land settlement on the Prairies started in the 1870’s, encouraged by the legislation permitting intending settlers to file on a quarter section of land. Those early pioneers in the West used as a source of farm power quite a number of oxen and it was not until the start of this century that the draft horse began to assume some importance on Prairie farms.’

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