HORSES – Friesian
The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although the conformation of the breed resembles that of a light draught horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. Friesian horses are a tall, big-boned equine breed that typically has a black coat with thick manes and tails. The horse has fluid, elegant and suspended gaits which are emphasized by feathering on the lower legs, a fine mane and beautiful, long tail. Jet black is the preferred color. Often the tails are so long they drag the ground. These animals have the desired temperament and athletic ability to perform well in dressage. They are also suitable horses for beginners or advanced riders. The Friesian is a large horse with a thick muscular body. The average Friesian stands 15.3 hands, but it is not uncommon to see a Friesian 17 hands tall. Friesian have long necks that arch with a well-defined small head with eyes spread apart and short ears. The Friesian horse is very charismatic. Their gentle and willing nature provides a strong base for versatile training. The intelligence of the Friesian leads to a rewarding partnership between horse and owner. Uses of the Friesian horse are limitless: dressage, trail and pleasure riding, pleasure driving, combined driving, saddleseat and more!