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    08-11-2010, 01:23 PM
My boy is quite big for a friesian, people commonly think friesians are big but their average is actually 160 cm (15,3 hands), it's their strong appearance that makes them seem tall. Max is around 170 cm (17 hands) which is just perfect for me (I'm very tall myself), I've always ridden tall horses, I always go for the highest horse when I have a choice. Two days ago me and my friends went out for a half day trip and unfortunately I couldn't ride Max because his shoe got damaged and was very loose. One girl told me I could ride her horse as she doesn't have time to ride him anyway, he's 140 cm!!! Very sweet horse but, uhh, I haven't ridden any other horse than Max for half a year, it felt so unusual, bouncy Let's say I have some problems sitting on my chair right now... She says he's a quarter horse but he definitely doesn't look like one, he's more of a pony.

Anyway, I promised I'll try to get some photos but I haven't managed to, so I'll at least upload a video I made last week, it'll take some time but then I'll post it here
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    08-11-2010, 03:41 PM
You're sooo lucky! I wish my Friesian was 17! I'm 5'10" and my boy is only 16hh... I bought him sight unseen, he came to the states as a 4 year old at 16hh so I was crossing my finger he grew a couple of inches since then... but nope, he didn't... He's still 16 hh. In the future I'm going to give him to my daughter and buy a 17 hh gelding for me but that's not for a long, long time... so for now Xander is just perfect the way he is and his adorable personality makes up for it. :)

I'm glad Max has you, you're such a sweetheart. Why don't you have a picture of him for your avatar??? I'd love to see him! Have an awesom day!
    08-11-2010, 05:57 PM
Thank you so much. I don't like showing him very much because he's still in a bit of a poor state as a result of his previous owner's "care". He's still a bit underweight, he's sunbleached, his mane and tail are quite damaged (his tail was dreads! And he had both mane and tail cut last year),... he's my very beautiful boy (he's the most beautiful thing in the world to me and I've never ever seen a horse more beautiful than him) but people are what they are and some can't stop judging and complaining I'm not feeding my horse properly and stuff like that, I've heard quite a few things about me being a bad owner when I had some photos of Max published online. I can of course put some more photos of him into my profile (I have one there in case you haven't seen it yet) but I just don't want random visitors to think that this is result of MY care because I give absolutely everything I can to my horse. Your friesian is absolutely stunning, next to him my boy will look like a little poor friesian/warmblood cross But I surely will show you some photos, once I get some decent ones :)
    08-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Oh! I forgot the video! Here it is (I don't know how to put the video straight into the post so I'll give you the link)

horses :: 31072010218.mp4 video by Hanna07 - Photobucket

I took it last week, he rolled in wet sand right after I cleaned him thoroughly I can't stop watching the video over and over again, he's just so beautiful.
    08-11-2010, 06:30 PM
He IS sooo cute!!! What a good boy! Where to you live? The rolling hills are breathtaking... LOL, Xander's a rolling king too, he loves the our arena. I keep a sheet on him to keep him as clean as possible. I can tell Max loves you, what a beautiful team you two are... =)

Here's a video of my baby & I, this video was taken on a couple of months after I bought him, he couldn't take the left lead and stay in the canter before I brought him home and now he's doing beautifully. I'm very proud of him... =)

YouTube - ‪Friesian Gelding Sape x Oege June 2010.MTS‬‎
    08-11-2010, 06:50 PM
I live in Slovenia though I'm not Slovene. It's basically beginning of the Alps here. VERY beautiful for trail riding.

I had a very similar problem with Max when I bought him, except he wouldn't canter at all. He didn't know what it was. He didn't understand what you want him to do. But then again he didn't understand anything, he couldn't stand sitting trot, he wouldn't stop unless you pulled the reins, he basically only knew "kick = go, pull = stop, pull to the side = turn" and that was it. He gives me a beautiful canter now, so smooth. Though he still doesn't know how to canter slowly, he always switches his turbo power on and races through the manege That's what we both need to work on. Long way to go to catch up on everything... I'm off to watch your video now
    08-11-2010, 07:26 PM
Beautiful! And BLACK! You've done an amazing job with him, you really should be proud of him

I have a question, how do you turn him out? I mean, is he in paddock with other horses or does he have his own? I'm having this problem right now... We're leaving our current stable (yes, goodbye the beautiful manege from my video) - there are many reasons for it, that would be a very long story... Anyway, the new stable we're planning to move to (I was there today) - they have amazing HUGE pastures, fields, forrests, hours of fun. BUT the horses are wounded, scratched, scarred... they say it's normal, that it's a price an owner has to pay for his horse being out on the pasture but I've never seen a friesian (or many ther horses) being wounded like that. Some horses have very nasty wounds, some have minor cuts but all of them have some. It's nothing you can see from distance but when you go see the horse in his stable you immediatelly notice it. Is it just that there's one dominant horse attacking others and making problems, or it really happens to all the horses outside and I've just never noticed before? I wouldn't care if I had a horse for occasional wandering through the forrest but I'm planning to do some dressage in the future (and show jumping maybe too, Max definitely has a thing for it) and I would hate Max ending up looking like that. I talked to the owner of the stable and he said we could make a separate pasture for Max (he has loads of it) but I'm not sure that is the way it should be... How do you do it? How do the other people do it? I'm sure I'm not the only one not wanting her horse to end up all wounded, kicked and with half of his mane missing. Any idea what I could do?
    08-12-2010, 12:40 AM
Thank you! He's come a long ways... I love him tons. He is always sooo willing and loving, much like your Max.

As for Max, absolutely have him away from the other horses in his own pasture, I would never put my show horse or any of my horses for that matter with mean horses, it's not only unkind but very dangerous ~ one power kick to a leg and you don't have a horse anymore. I have my horses in my back yard, I keep Xander turned out by himself during the day and then keep him in his stall with a run during the night. He's the dominate one and chases the other horses so I have to rotate them all throughout the day. I would give your baby the most TLC you can especially where he's been abused emotionally before you adopted him. He'll be happier and healthier on his own and he'll still get to see the other horses which will take care of his herd instincts.

Keep me posted and I hope your move goes smoothly for you. =)
    08-12-2010, 01:15 PM
Thank you so much for calming me down. I thought having him separately would be the best choice but I wasn't sure if he wouldn't be trying to run away to the other horses constantly, if he wouldn't be sad having to be alone. He is a bit of a loner, the one time he was on a pasture at my friend's he didn't really like to be bothered by the other horses, he minded his own business. But then again, I can't absolutely tell what's going to happen, he hasn't seen a pasture (except that one day/night and it wasn't really a proper pasture, more of a paddock) since he was brought from Netherlands 4 years ago, I have absolutely no clue how he's going to react when he's out on one. He might just take off to the woods and I'll never see him again! Nah, that was a joke. I take him out for grass as often as I can for as long as I have time to on a lead so too much grass also souldn't be a problem, I don't think he'll be bothered much by eating when he will, for the first time in years, have so much space to run around, stretch out, have fun. I just really hope the owner meant it seriously when he said they could make the separate pasture for him, he did mention it himself but after I said that it would be probably the best and started asking more about it, he was trying to convince me that having Max with other horses would be the best solution for him anyway. I'll just have to tell him he'll either really make it (as he was the first one to offer it) or I can't have my horse there. It's a small private stable in the hills, it's nothing fancy like the one we're in now but the decision has been made and we have to leave, I can't stand any more trouble in the current stable. Things get lost, damaged, travel on their own, horses have no bedding (well, they have some dust kinda thing there), no pasture or paddocks whatsoever (horses 24/7 basically on concrete) and the owner is always there to make even more problems, even there where they're totally unneeded. I once came to the stable and Max had his head scratched from a bridle (it was obvious somebody rode him, lunged him or something, I take very good care so anything like that doesn't happen to him) and when I came to the owner to ask him what happened to my horse, he started shouting at me that it's my business, why do I come bothering him with my problems and who do I think I am by thinking he could have something in common with my horse getting injured. A**HOLE. What a story I have written again... I'm sorry, these days I'm really disappointed with how things are so I hope after we move Max (should be this weekend) things will be much better. It won't be perfect, but anything is better than having your horse stabled in stables owned by a totally ignorant person. I'm going to the stable now, I wasn't there yesterday so I'm looking forward to seeing Max again so much, I'm just wondering what argument we're going to have today
    08-12-2010, 01:22 PM
And so I don't post only negative messages, I found a video I made at approximately the same time as we bought Max (a couple of months ago). It's at my friend's stable, he's importing friesians to Slovenia from Netherlands (there's not a single stallion here!), this is one lovely mare he showed me.

horses :: 05042010181.flv video by Hanna07 - Photobucket



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