Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association - Industry Scope

Industry Scope
Canada's Horse Industry Has a Bright Future

Canada is a highly developed country and improvements in transportation channels for live horses and in reproductive technology, developed in part in Canadian veterinary academies, and the development of sophisticated performance-to-pedigree databases within the European Community, have allowed Canadian producers to acquire the proven performance bloodlines essential to developing quality products.

Canadian breeders are educated and technologically advanced and these attributes have enabled them to establish breeding programs whose products meet or exceed quality expectations.

Due to Canada's landmass, traditional breeding operations allow horses to develop on large, open ranges and in a natural, healthy state. Horses raised in this environment and horses with domestic origins developed for centuries in this environment are hardy animals that meet the needs for their intended use.

A tradition of superior equine husbandry has evolved in the unique environment of Canada. A commitment to excellence, expertise, and dedicated breeding programs have led to an innovative equine breeding industry that has made remarkable improvements in Canadian stock over the years. Producers are setting higher and higher standards and are increasing the value of Canadian-bred horses at home and aboard. The Canadian equine industry is meeting the changing demands of the marketplace.

The Size of the Canadian Horse Breeding Industry:

The 2003 Canadian Horse Industry Study (©2003 Equine Canada) indicates an approximate net increase in total herd size of 7% between 1998 and 2003, translating to a net increase of 64,000 horses. With a total herd size of 950,000, there is a proportional increase in "pedigree stock", with approximately 80% of the herd registered or "registerable" stock, indicating higher quality bloodstock and higher quality production.

The number of "fertile mares" in the Canadian herd increased to 408,500 in 2003. Of those, 58% were bred in 2002 and 60% in 2003. It is estimated that live foal production in Canada increased from 125,600 to 130,000 in 2003.

An analysis of this data would indicate that Canadian producers have increased the available inventory of young horses "for use", creating sufficient supply to support enhanced export markets. Investment in international market development during 2004-05, will ensure sales infrastructure for young stock in current inventory.

A new survey is currently underway (2009/2010) to give updated information on these topics.


The Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association has in place several initiatives to assist members with the Marketing of their horses, including:

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