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Canadian Rustic Pony

Canadian Rustic Pony
Canadian Rustic Pony
Country of origin: Canada
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

The Canadian Rustic Pony is a breed of pony that originated in Canada, particularly Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The pony is the result of a crossing between the Heck horse and Welsh pony-Arabian horse crosses.



The Canadian Rustic Pony was developed by Dr. Peter Neufeld of Manitoba, Canada.[1] Breeders developed the breed by crossing Heck horses from the Atlanta Zoo in Atlanta, Georgia with Arabian horse-Welsh pony crosses. On January 23, 1989, the Canadian Rustic Pony Association was formed, incorporated under the new Canadian federal Animal Pedigree Act, also known as Bill C-67. Prior to this, since 1978, Canadian Rustic Ponies had been registered through a registry based in the United States, and as of September 1989, 72 ponies had been US-registered. These ponies were eligible to become double-registered under the Canadian and US registries, and many did so. No ponies were found outside of Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces as of September 1989, but this was expected to change as more breeders became aware of the new breed.[2]


These ponies stand 12.2 and 13.2 hands (50 to 54 inches, 127 to 137 cm) high. They can be gray, buckskin or bay, have primitive markings such as dorsal stripes and zebra stripes, and have partially raised manes. The facial profile is straight or slightly dished, with a prominent jaw. The neck is thick but arched, the girth and shoulders thick, and the croup slightly sloping. The legs are strong, and the ponies are said to move fluidly, especially at the trot. The Canadian Rustic Pony is used mainly for jumping, driving or family pets.[2]


  1. Tarpan, Oklahoma State University, retrieved February 10, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hendricks, Bonnie. International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 103–104. ISBN 9780806138848. 

Further reading

  • Genesis Magazine, 2003, Volume 18, Issues 1 & 2 - (See here for magazine contents.


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