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    11-22-2010, 09:13 AM
  #61
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CSnyderRN    
I am new to the forum, I have a 4 1/2 year old Friesian we have had since he was 5 months old. I did put up an album and can not figure out how to post pictures so they show up in the threads.
I totally didn't see your post before, he's so beautiful Reminds me of my Max a lot (now that he's black and round again lol)
     
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    11-22-2010, 05:27 PM
  #62
Foal
He is a beautiful horse. I would never cut Thunders mane or tail. His tail already breaks off at the ground now. My Friesians sire is Anne 340. If you google him, you can see he is beautiful His mom has 9 generations of Ster mare in her lineage. We were so lucky, we got him from a small breeder in Wisconsin and we still stay in touch. We send Birthday cards and Christmas cards and just because cards. Whenever I make a new movie of Thunder, she always writes how proud of a "Grandma" she is. We have a lot of fun with it. I bought Thunder when he was just 5 months old. I could never afford to buy a horse like him grown and trained. He is now 4 1/2 and doing pretty good. I might be just a bit prejudice, but I do love my Friesian.
     
    11-23-2010, 07:06 PM
  #63
Weanling
Are you starting him under the saddle now? It's very nice to again see somebody responsible who gives the horse the time it needs to mature and fully understand what you want from him. Too often I see people starting a friesian when he's two years old, if not riding him normally at that age already. I recently saw a video of a girl riding a friesian colt on youtube. Not only he was 2 years old, but she rode him bareback. Apparently she thought that if she rides him without a saddle it won't do any harm, not realising it's even more dangerous for the horse's back than with a saddle on. Now I'm not saying you can't sit on a young (2 - 3 yrs) friesian for a few minutes from time to time to get him used to the feeling of having you on his back but riding around the arena like a "pro" (so that she could upload a video of her "riding a stallion") is just wrong. The sadest being the part that you can actually see from the way the horse acts this not just a one time thing but pretty much a routine for him. Just because people race thoroughbreds at the age of 2 doesn't mean you can do the same with a friesian that needs 5 - 7 years to mature and fully develop. Anyway... Good luck with your boy. At this age everything you do with him matters. It is very important to do things right. Everybody makes mistakes but the less you make the less troubles you have in the future. I'm kinda starting my guy too. He knows what tack and a human on his back is but that's about it. Never had proper (if any) training, nobody ever paid attention to teaching him any of the very basic things. My current trainer (who does so **** well with him, I can't believe the progress I see everytime I watch them work) thinks Max just somehow grew up grazing (or being closed in a stall...) without anybody desensitizng him, showing him what preassure is etc., then sombody just came with a saddle, threw it on him, waited until he gets tired of bucking around, hopped on his back and galloped into the woods... And that's how he was broken in and became a riding horse. And the second an accident happened, he got closed in his stall again until somebody bought him, hopped on him again and the history repeated. And that's how he ended up with me. I couldn't see him being locked away being called the "visious beast" while he had so much good in him nobody was really paiying attention to see. He's 10 years old and we're treating him as if he was young and knew nothing. What a preassure is, how to trot, how to turn, how to walk straight without him being all over the place, that a forward cue is not kicking and stopping cue is not pulling until you're holding into the bit. He doesn't have a clue what to do with himself let alone with the extra body on his back. After a few months of working with him I was able to make him do things people were telling me I'll never be able to do with such a crazy horse. Needless to say he's far far away from being crazy, he's only just as crazy as the people handling him are. Once you know how to treat him you get him to do what you want him to by just looking at him. He is a horse with kinda special needs due to all the crappy things he's been through in those 10 years (when people didn't hate him, they just loved him the wrong way) but if you give him the extra time you always walk home smiling. I worked with him for half a year mainly from the ground (a work you could very well tell he hasn't experienced before, he was so surprised when he saw somebody trying to do things with him from the ground, he literaly gave me the "wait... I always thought humans were these weird creatures randomly jumping on and off my back just to freak me out, but this is kinda fun!" look) but then I slowly got to the point where trying to do more would be just risking making things even worse (I'm no pro or super experienced rider/horse behaviorist and never had problems with accepting that fact and actually I'll rather underestimate my powers than blow the relationship between me and my horse up) so we got an experienced trained to help us (and moved to a new barn, FINALLY) and you know, when I first saw the two of them working together, I wanted to cry. Max was everything you could ever hope him to be and nothing all the funny people always considered him to be. It's been two months since we moved (and a month since I got him the trainer) so we'll see how things develop. From everything he's done so far the trainer says Max should need a few months (3 - 4) of very basic training of just not expecting absolutely anything from him and then he should make a wonderful, willing and sensitive dressage horse (that's where we're aiming) I can start doing more advanced things with.

I'm sorry for such a long story but it's been so long since I wrote about his progress for the last time and though the people who were originally interested in it are probably not here anymore, I felt like updating on him anyway. I'm so proud of him. Seeing him shine like that puts me back on my own feet too. I don't have anybody else to tell so yeah... He's my sweetheart
     
    11-23-2010, 09:31 PM
  #64
Foal
We gpt Thunder, our Friesian at 5 months old. We immediately started him with ground work. We taught him respect for our space and built a relationship with him. We then worked with him as a yearling with despooking, he is very calm but did work on that. At the age of 2, we gave him the year off and would do ground work and a lot of loving and grooming. When he turned 3, I had a friend that put saddle time on him. He was broke, there was nothing to that and at 3 he was walked and trotted. Going into fall when he was 3, we did canter under saddle a few times to start to teach him how to balance himself with a rider. I did not do that, I am a chicken, I can walk and trot, but my friend did. He has has many riders on him and treats them very good. He is such a gentle guy. This year we really struggled, he just was naughty. Finally someone helped me to figure out that his saddle did not fit, then it was all the time finding a saddle. I finally had to have one custom made for him. Soooo after all that and a slow summer, he was back to being afraid of everything. We moved his paddock up to the front of the farm where he would be exposed to a lot of action, trucks, tractors, you name itm he would be exposed to it. It really made a difference in him. I ride Thunder in a bitless bridle and follow Clinton Anderson. It has been good for both of us. He is soft and flexible, works off my legs, will go into his trot and stay there (for the most part) he is doing very well at stopping off my seat. Otherwise I use a one rein stop, I do not pull back on his reins to stop him, it works well for us. I just reach down to pull on the one rein and he is already stopping. I am very proud of him, I love him with all my heart. My children are grown so he really has taken that empty spot. They say Friesians have one person that is their person, that one person for Thunder is me. Like I said, I am a very timid rider, so Thunder really never has to work to hard when I am on him. We will continue to work on exercises this winter, we'll see how it goes.
     
    11-26-2010, 05:03 PM
  #65
Foal
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Originally Posted by Friesian Crazy    
I own a Friesian which is considered a light draft, does anyone else have a Friesian? I'm crazy about them, they're a ton of fun to ride and are very powerful movers.
actually a friesan isnt classed as a draft at all..its a baroque breed..the same as a lippanzier and andalusion..they are hot blooded where as a draft is cold...a common mistake..:)
     
    12-13-2010, 03:46 AM
  #66
Started
I don't own a freisan I wish I did because they are one of my favourite breeds they just are so graceful!!!!
     
    12-14-2010, 01:28 PM
  #67
Foal
I have one also but he is 20 mo old. He's my baby. Gelded of course and not as groomed as your its a muddy mess/ They are my dream horse too and it took me three years to get one. And I got him when he was 4 mo old. They have such a great personality. Can't wait for weather to cooperate so I can do more outside. I would love to drive him someday, but mainly wanted him for companion because I loved them so. I do womens drill team and joined a trail club. So I will do a little bit of everything with him . I am not riding English, I have so much to learn with western. I will show more pics as spring comes or if I can get him to an indoor barn with bathing area before I take pics.
     
    01-14-2011, 02:18 PM
  #68
Foal
You have really beautiful friesians !!!
I breed few friesians ... There are very nice and affectionate, so it's really pleasant to be with them ...
I will try to send a picture ;)
     
    01-16-2011, 08:33 AM
  #69
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by CSnyderRN    
He is a beautiful horse. I would never cut Thunders mane or tail. His tail already breaks off at the ground now. My Friesians sire is Anne 340. If you google him, you can see he is beautiful His mom has 9 generations of Ster mare in her lineage. We were so lucky, we got him from a small breeder in Wisconsin and we still stay in touch. We send Birthday cards and Christmas cards and just because cards. Whenever I make a new movie of Thunder, she always writes how proud of a "Grandma" she is. We have a lot of fun with it. I bought Thunder when he was just 5 months old. I could never afford to buy a horse like him grown and trained. He is now 4 1/2 and doing pretty good. I might be just a bit prejudice, but I do love my Friesian.
T ttt Thunders sire is kept about 5min from me. I actually went to school with that familys son lol. I wish I had a fresian I drool over the ones at fresian dreams all the time.lol But my quarab is my dream horse :) maybe in a few yrs Ill get a fresian.
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    01-21-2011, 10:44 AM
  #70
Foal
I LOVE fresian's too, when I was working at the stables there was one called Zeke and another called Rose. They are very beautiful horses, but they are expensive I don't have that kind of money to buy one.
     

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