Brief Breed Description

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Size:

Most Friesian stallions are between 16hh and 16.3hh tall. Mares are usually about 2 inches shorter, but there are now also stallions that are significantly higher than 16.3 hh.

Color:

Friesians are exclusively black. Only a small, white flake or star on the forehead is allowed (no larger than a 25 cent coin) , also a few white hairs on the lips.

Origin:

The province of Friesland in the Netherlands.

Use:

Nowadays the Friesian is used as a driving and dressage horse, and  recreational riders appreciate the Frisians  just as much. The greatest level of awareness among the population comes from show riding, eg in the circus.

Exterior:

The Friesian has a small, noble head on a high set neck and a broad chest. He has a medium length back, and a round, usually split rump and thick dry joints. The most striking feature is the long curly mane, sometimes reaching to the knee, a long forelock which can range up to the nostrils, and long feathers on the legs and a thick, long tail.

Movement/ Transition:

Pronounced tendency to clean transitions, trot with high “knee action”. The canter is big, uphill and majestic , like a *rocking horse*.

 

Character:

The Friesian is spirited, but honest, and very good-natured (even the stallions). He is very people oriented, incredibly curious, willing to learn, and ambitious.

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