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post #1 of 22 Old 08-19-2010, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Approved Friesian Stallions?

Anyone have a favorite APPROVED stud? I've been contemplating importing a mare from Europe and raising a foal out of her. Not RIGHTATTHISVERYPOINTINTIME obviously, but in a couple years when my farm is better setup, and my investments start paying back.
I just googled 'Approved US Friesian Stallions' and was overloaded


I'll be looking for an excellent mare, possibly a proven one (i.e, with foals on the ground). So far I've set in stone the following guidelines:
-First four generations on both sides must be Ster or highly Ster bred, preferably with Preferent in the first two generations.
-Sire and Dam must be notable.
-Mare must be an approved First Premium if younger, Ster if older than three years.


I've been browsing many a Friesian from Europe. I especially like the fact that almost ALL of the horses I have found are trained in Dressage and Driving. Quite a few come with a Health Certificate and full-body X-rays, which is another huge plus.

The reason I only want to breed to an Approved stallion is that it is against the rules for the stud to be crossbred. If I'm going to pay that amount of money for a foal, I want to get a foal from a stud where I know that not everyone with a mare in their backyard can have a baby from him. I.e, the stallion was bred for quality and breeds for quality. NOT for quantity or 'purdy horseths'.

It's hard resisting the sheer temptation of buying that super cute Friesianx in utero. It will be quite a bit to raise and train it, and in the end it's JUST a Friesian CROSS and not a purebred Friesian.
Hard as it is (it would be such an adorable baby) I feel my money's better spent buying a purebred in-utero from two parents that I like. The cross would be shorter Friesian look-alike. If I really want another short horse, I could get a purebred Fell Pony.

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-19-2010, 02:54 PM
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I've always liked Wander 352. He stamps his look on his foals.

Good for you for not wanting a crossbred. The Dutch Registry doesn't allow cross breeding, so the stallions that are used for cross breeding were rejected as Dutch breeding stallions.

Wander 352 is owned by Checkerboard Farms in Norco, CA.
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I've always liked Wander 352. He stamps his look on his foals.

Good for you for not wanting a crossbred. The Dutch Registry doesn't allow cross breeding, so the stallions that are used for cross breeding were rejected as Dutch breeding stallions.

Wander 352 is owned by Checkerboard Farms in Norco, CA.
My dad still wants me to consider the little FriesianxMorgan, his reasoning is that I'd 1) have the foal I've been dreaming about for years, 2) be able to raise/train/play with if, 3) sell it later on (say as a 2-3-4 year old) and have a good down payment on a purebred. There's a pretty much 98% chance it'd be a filly, according to science, so that's always a re-sale plus.

This Toadstool bred mare won 'FHS 2008 Kuering Grand Champion' for the entire North America. The only thing is that I really don't like her neck, it just seems to short. If you wanted to show and train in Dressage, wouldn't it be difficult for her to collect than if her neck was a teeny bit longer?
Then again, she IS a much more compact Friesian. Perhaps I've been looking at too many of the Sport type Friesians with the longer build and not enough of the Baroque types

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I prefer the Baroque horses to the Sport Horse types, myself.

After all, Friesians were originally bred as carriage horses, not riding animals.

That filly's neck is shorter than I like, but overall she's a pretty nice looking girl.
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I prefer the Baroque horses to the Sport Horse types, myself.

After all, Friesians were originally bred as carriage horses, not riding animals.

That filly's neck is shorter than I like, but overall she's a pretty nice looking girl.
I like the taller Baroque's, they really have an awesome presence that the Sport types seem to lack. What I really don't like about a lot of the Sport types is the loooonnnngggg back so many seem to have.

My idea of a pretty much ideal Friesian would be the Sport's height and slightly longer neck for better flex, with the Baroque's massive presence, uphill build, and incredible abundance of hair.

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Laugh! I know the hair is all the rage, but it gives me eye twitches!

I could never own a Friesian because I like clean, clipped fetlocks and a manageable mane and tail.

Not saying they don't look beautiful and magnificent with all that hair, because they do. I just don't want to be the one having to take care of it!
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Aw it's not that bad! Divo has Friesian hair with a pretty sizable (for a cross) of it growing out of his fetlocks. Surprisingly it's all pretty easy to keep tangle-free, despite that it's all so weirdly thick and heavy. His mane is generally kept braided just to keep him from having a heat stroke under it.

I hate clipping bridle paths and fetlocks, I can never get it looking -just- right and it drives me mad XD I must have spent half an hour just doing touchups on my colt's bridle path last time I clipped it. It grows like a darned weed too :roll:

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It's interesting how many 'approved' stallions are breeding to non-Friesians though. Makes me wonder how they don't get caught.

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i've always liked wander 352. He stamps his look on his foals.

Good for you for not wanting a crossbred. The dutch registry doesn't allow cross breeding, so the stallions that are used for cross breeding were rejected as dutch breeding stallions.

Wander 352 is owned by checkerboard farms in norco, ca.
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