Last November, a friend called to ask if I wanted a filly. My friend Heather has been breeding horses for a number of years. She was well-aware that I have always admired her horses. They are athletic, versatile, and intelligent but nearly extinct Cheval Canadiens, better known as Canadian Horses. I love this breed! They are the national breed of Canada -- sometimes called Little Iron Horses. It is an ancient french baroque breed originally sent to Canada by Louis Quatorze (King Louis the XIV). They jump like deer, are calm, well-rounded (I have cut cattle on them), and are generally sweet-natured. They are hardy, short-coupled easy keepers with great bone, and, most importantly, fantastic hard, strong feet -- something with which I have grown very unfamiliar in the last few years.