The Canadian pacer was small in stature but larger than the
Narragansetts. Their heads were described as too long for the rest
of their bodies, which were fine, lean, and bony. The eyes were
small, and the ears set well forward, although in most cases, too far
apart. From the Canadian Pacer, the Tennessee Walking horse gained its
size. Many of the foundation families of both the American
Saddlebred and the Tennessee Walking horse came directly from Canada.
Such horses as TOM HAL, PACING PILOT, DAVY CROCKETT, COPPERBOTTOM and
many others are accepted by both breeds as Canadian Pacers. These
stallions came south to Kentucky and Tennessee to establish families
which became legendary.
The most famous Canadian Pacer of them all was Tom Hal, a blue roan
stallion foaled in Canada around 1806, and later taken to Kentucky.
This great horse is listed as foundation stock for the American
Saddlebred, as well as the Tennessee Walking Horse and Standardbred.
Among his many accomplishments, Tom Hal once won a wager for his owner
by carrying him 80 miles across Kentucky in a single day, between sun-up
and sun-down, and then turning around and making the return trip, the