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    12-19-2013, 01:29 AM
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Friesian

If any one out there knows any thing about this breed tell me every thing you know!
All I know is they are big, black and expensive :P
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    12-19-2013, 02:39 AM
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Yearling
Move your mouse over the the browser's tab, where you can enter a new address, type "google.com"
Then in the search window, search for "Friesian" and it will tell you everything.


They are not just big black and beautiful. They are horses who need proper care etc, same as any other horse. Each individual is different.
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    12-19-2013, 03:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Cherrij    
Move your mouse over the the browser's tab, where you can enter a new address, type "google.com"
Then in the search window, search for "Friesian" and it will tell you everything.


They are not just big black and beautiful. They are horses who need proper care etc, same as any other horse. Each individual is different.
I assumed that they need the same love and care I give all my horses, I just have never been lucky enough to interact with one.
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    12-19-2013, 03:52 AM
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I assumed that they need the same love and care I give all my horses, I just have never been lucky enough to interact with one.
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Well I have worked with 1/2 Friesian, 1/2 Ardenne or something, and that mare could be great but she was also annoying.. as a mare
Comfy to sit, a massive step etc. easy to lead and do other things, but any horse is like that once you teach them well.
Her biggest thing was the fact she actually exploded a few times in the riding hall - not many drafts will do that..
Yes, friesians have a pretty prance etc, but I saw another one that noone has seen outside, not even to think about ridden or driven. He is a pretty boy, he had some leg injuries, so ok, stall rest, but his owner does not even show up much..
So for some, they are nothing special. For others they mean their lives.
A horse is a horse, no matter what breed.
     
    12-19-2013, 04:22 AM
  #5
Foal
What would you like to know? I have one in my paddock. He belongs to a friend of mine but I have the ride on him. Another friend breeds them.

They are black and hairy.
They are quite pushy. You have to set strong boundaries as to what is ok and what isn't, and you can't deviate from those boundaries. They will test them in one way or another all the time.
They may not be intelligent, but they are clever.
They are NOT for inexperienced people. Too big, too aware of their own size.
They have weak stifles.
Fitting a saddle to them is an absolute nightmare, especially the more traditional types.
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    12-19-2013, 02:22 PM
  #6
Foal
Thank guys! I was just curious temperament wise and any sort of tips you guys would have
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    12-19-2013, 03:18 PM
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Yearling
I'm by no means an expert, I just groom for one friesian and have since the barn got him so this may just be him.

I've found that he's very:
-unaware of how big he is
-flighty
-not necessarily pushy but has no problem moving into your space or being mouthy if not reprimanded
-he's a bit stupid. Maybe it's the inbreeding lol he can be clever, but it takes him a while haha

I equate him to a big dog but not the sort of horse you want for a pleasure animal. He took a lot of work to get him safe for kids on the ground and he still takes a lot of work to keep him safe for everyone. (In terms of not spooking, not being pushy, etc). Other than that he's a blast! :)
     
    12-19-2013, 09:12 PM
  #8
Weanling
Only rode a Friesian mare for lessons and had a half-Friesian lease horse, so my experience with them is a bit limited. From what I've gathered, they are a very intelligent breed, but a bit more independent and "stoic" than some other horses I've come across. Their independence made them seem a bit more headstrong to me, where as my Arabian is very willing to please. Big, powerful gaits. Could never sit their trots, LOL. After moving from Friesians/half-Friesians to my Arabian, she was a piece of cake to ride.
     
    12-19-2013, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Missmaddie    
If any one out there knows any thing about this breed tell me every thing you know!
All I know is they are big, black and expensive :P
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A bit over simplified.

They have a pretty wide range of sizes and 3 variations of build.

They are one of the old classic "baroque" horse breeds (like the Lipizzan). Very popular during the middle ages. Almost extinct by the end of the WW II.

They have never been a draught breed although many have mistaken them as such. Most likely because some of them (like some of the Lipizzan) in the early 20th century were bred to be a bit larger for use in pulling carriages and wagons for farm work. The three variations are not significantly different.
One type has a lighter, sportier build (like my younger horses sire).
The classical type (the type common for most of it's history) is slightly heavier and has a build much like other baroque breeds.
The larger (by weight) is slightly heavier than the baroque, but still an easy to ride and generally too light to be classified as a draught horse.
Height can vary significantly from in the 15 hands range up to just over 17 hands. Many of the lighter, sportier one's are tall, but any of the three types can be found in all height ranges.
Mentally the most defining characteristics I've experienced are:
Generally a pretty calm animal. Don't readily spook. Tend to spook really big when they do, but recover quite quickly (e.g. Have had them spook, yanking the lead away, but only run about 15 yards before stopping and standing calmly for me to take rope again).
They are powerful (even by horse standards), so it's a good thing they tend to be rather calm. I've found that they respond extremely well to a reward/praise system during training. Even more so than some other horses I've dealt with.
I've found that for me some of their extended trots can be difficult to sit and just easier to post or even easier to just stand (they seem to almost hang in the air slightly when I'm sitting on them)

They have a LOT of hair and since most people like to have all their hair flowing as long as possible you end up with tails that sweep the ground of anything not heavy enough to avoid being collected. Manes so long that they'll collect anything where they lay down. So checking the out ever couple of days is a good idea to avoid having a small tangle become a large tangle.

I've known some that suffered from seasonal skin issues.
Scratches can be a problem in the feathering, but easily avoided by checking them when you pick their feet. In my personal experience I've seldom scratches, but I know people for whom it's been much more common.

Price can actually vary a great deal (and expensive is a relative term). I've been offered my pick of any mare in the heard for $5,000 which many think is cheap . Which it is when compared to people selling them for
$25,000 and up. A lot of it depends on where you're locating (some parts of the country are more expensive than others). Getting to be close friends with a breeder never hurts either
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    12-20-2013, 12:00 AM
  #10
Weanling
I think Friesians are one of those breeds that are very impressionable from a young age and therefore have the capability to be either very good or . . . Not so much. Kind of like a pitt bull. If you don't train them young properly the odds of having a "dangerous animal" are probably a lot higher. IMO
     

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