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History: Horses where they’re needed

Reprinted from the May 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By J.W.G. MacEwan Canada’s horse population, according to recent figures, stands at 1,700,000 head. That’s an average roughly, of 21/2 horses per farm or a little less than the equivalent of two work horses and a saddle horse for every Canadian farm. It makes strange contrast with the 3,610,494 head recorded in the census of […] Read more

History: Rufus, the Outlaw

Reprinted from the March 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rufus the Outlaw By Senator F. W. Gershaw ‘This is an outline of Colonel Steele’s story about one of the finest looking horses that ever served in the North West Mounted Police Force. Seventeen hands high he stood, and in every way he was a Goliath among the broncs on the Western plains. Because none […] Read more


History: Modern Horse Training

Reprinted from the January 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Modern Horse Training By Jack Sproule, Calgary, Alta. ‘This article is based entirely on my own practical experience in the training of horses, no part of it has been derived from any educational system or books, It has been written because I feel people who are horse-minded will benefit by this system of training as […] Read more



e-Manifests hit the road in Alberta

Identification: News Roundup from the November 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A staged rollout of an e-manifest being developed by Alberta’s Livestock Identification Services (LIS) for the province’s cattle producers and horse owners is now underway with plans to add sheep in due time. An electronic version of the paper manifest has been available since June for transport only. It can be used by producers when […] Read more

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 […] Read more


History: Greatest Canadian Bred Mare of All Time: Part 2

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Greatest Canadian Bred Mare of All Time: Part 2 By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. The fact remains that Lynch and Rankin delivered the horses to Reynolds as agreed and in payment, Reynolds gave Lynch one of the race horses, a mare registered on the books as “Frolia,” but known in Canada as “Sangree.” Some […] Read more

History: “Topsy” The Rope-Spinning Horse

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: “Topsy” The Rope-Spinning Horse By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘Now I have known fancy ropers for a long time and am pretty familiar with all the tricks in that trade that have been accomplished by the manipulators of the spinning lariat, but this mare “Topsy” I’m going to tell you about, is the […] Read more


History: Greatest Canadian Bred Mare of All Time: Part 1

Reprinted from the April 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Greatest Canadian Bred Mare of All Time: Part 1 By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. You find horse lovers everywhere, in every walk of life. For years cow-punchers on every range have bragged of their top cuttin’ and ropin’ ponies. Old-timers of the range delight in telling of their “long circle” mounts, whose stamina was […] Read more

History: Light Horses in Saskatchewan

Reprinted from the March 1947 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Light Horses in Saskatchewan Z.M. Hamilton, Regina, Sask. ‘In the early days of settlement on what is now the prairie region of Saskatchewan, most of the settlers were a riding folk. Everyone of consequence had a horse and saddle of sorts and, at first most of the horses were bronchos, as wild as deer, in […] Read more