Do any of you have a Friesian x Arabian ? Any luck with endurance riding on them ? I am getting a rescue baby and holding onto mom till I can wean then giving mom back to rescue. She is really pretty decent bone- long legs :) I am hoping to someday be doing endurance riding on her after age 4 or so- In mean time I am reading and learning and trying to practice it on my 10 yr morgan mare. I won't use her long term due to very rough buggy trot- and covering a lot of ground in that gait really sucks longterm for me- :)
Well I have a Friesian and I realize that- mixing with them is supposed to give more bone to Arabian- and still have some qualities from both- but who knows. That's why I am asking if anybody has them or heard of them being used to do endurance :)
If you have issues with your morgans trot, you likely wont be fond of this ones either. Freisians were bred as carraige horses, with lots of front end action, not as saddle horses, although lately they have become popular for that too. Many arabs have awful trots, I have owned one that was smooth, but many riders I have met at endurance events mention their mounts rough trots. My current pure bred, registered mare has a horrible, jack hammer trot. You get really good at posting.
I was thinking the same thing as Bluespark. Fresians aren't known for their smooth trots. Lots of action there means lots of up and down. AND, since they are a heavy breed, they are not built or bred for endurance.
All that being said, there is no reason why you can't do endurance with the foal and it isn't completely out of the realm of possibility that they are a fluke and end up good at it, just make sure to pay attention to your horse and don't try to push it beyond it's limits. It might make a stellar endurance horse (though I sort of doubt it) or it might not even be able to complete a 10 mile ride, you just never know.
I think this is the exception, not the rule, but there is a Friesian x Arab cross (Golden Knight) that completed Tevis this year. Which is extra impressive, considering the extreme heat at this year's Tevis, it would be extra hard for a non-Arab to complete.
I don't think most Friesian crosses would be suitable for endurance though - it would have to come out just right without being too heavy.
However, I think most sound horses of any breed are capable of completing LDs with the right conditioning... so it really depends what your goals are, and how your baby turns out.
As someone who is attempting endurance on Paints, I say go for it! Enjoy the ride, take it easy, listen to your horse, and don't plan on being competitive or racing. Condition carefully, ride conservatively, and just see where it takes you.
I met a Friesian x Arab cross gelding once. He had a lot of muscling and was big like a Friesian, with lighter bone, more refined head, a lot of action in the front, and certainly not suitable for endurance. I use to ride a Friesian named Teade (champion imported driving gelding Ster rated) and he once trotted a more novice rider straight off his back! Lol I would not be looking at Friesian or Friesian cross for any type of endurance work. Having fun doing little trail rides is what I did with the Friesian that I use to ride, but I can't envision riding such a huge and choppy trot for long nor can the horse go for too long. They just aren't built like that.
If you really want a smooth horse that could go for long distances then I would buy a Spanish horse or Spanish cross. The old Spanish horses I own and breed are very smooth with attractive elevated movements. They are built more sturdy than your typical Arab and are sure footed and extremely intelligent. I also wouldn't look for a tall horse. Personally, I wouldn't want a horse over 15HH. There are plenty of Spanish breeds bred in the Americas that are a good size for endurance and have smooth gaits. I own the kind that was bred in Southern California before it became a state and are critically endangered.
This dun 2 year old colt is a grandson of my mare Victoria pictured above. Victory (the colt) turns 3 this year. :)