Canadian Pacer

The Canadian Pacer is a rare breed of horse that never became well known.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, read on!

Canadian Pacer Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Canadian Pacer:

Height (size) 14.3 – 16.2 hands high
Colors Bay or brown, even though other colors exist
Country of Origin Canada
Common Uses n/a

Canadian Pacer Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Canadian Pacer is closely related to the Canadian Horse because they both descended from the same group of French horses brought to North America in the 17th century.

They descended from older strains of Canadian Horse that were crossed with Narragansett Pacer horses (or possibly the English pacer) sometime between the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The result was a bigger, faster-moving animal famous for their ability to perform well in races on ice.

Eventually the blood of Dutch Warmblood and English Thoroughbred was introduced.

Because of the high quality of the bloodlines and the high volume of exports to the United States, these animals were instrumental in shaping the modern Standardbred, Tennessee Walking Horse, and American Saddlebred.

The Canadian Pacer was never widely popular, despite the breed’s excellent bloodlines and natural athleticism.

In all likelihood, this is due in part to the growth of the American racing industry.

Their not-so-pretty appearance also played a role and many thought their head was too big and their eyes were too small.

The breed has come close to extinction on multiple occasions, and is now considered very rare.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

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Physical Characteristics

They tend to have big, plain heads, small eyes, and a lean body.

They are sound, with hard feet, and animated gaits. It is an extremely hardy breed with great endurance.

The Canadian Pacer can do a gait that is an extremely comfortable and incredibly fast version of a walk.

It is characterized with each hoof hitting the ground separately, yet still reaching a speed of over 20 miles per hour.

In the past, it was thought that medieval Palfreys horses possessed this fluid gait and were pacers.


Bay or brown, even though other colors exist

Height (size)

14.3 – 16.2 hands high







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Common Uses




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Country of Origin



French Norman horse, Narragansett pacer, English pacer