So, since Ladyhawke first showed up on our TV screen I have been an avid fan of Friesians. I grew up in an area not condusive to horse keeping, and then my life got in the way, but I decided to start lessons when I hit age 30. I've had a journey since then, riding, leasing and owning horses - had a horse bolt badly on me at one point and it has taken me about 5 years to gain back enough confidence to try again. I've always maintained my love of baroque style horses though, and I am currently leasing and doing lessons on an andalusian/percheron mare.
For the past few months I have been in contact with a Friesian trainer who works with a variety of farms to match prospective owners to their new Friesian. I've met about 12 possibilities, and narrowed the field down to two. One was just too high energy, and I knew that the minute I met him. We let them loose one by one in the arena and this guy was all full of pee and vinegar. The other boy though, just walked over to us to say hi and get some neck scratches.
I can see that the boy I like is a baroque style, but his sire is fairly sporty. I met his dam the other day though, and I can see that he takes after her. I'll post a picture:
I did ride him, and certainly admit that it is a different feel from horses I am used to. I could feel the shoulder movement more, and even though he dropped his head to round up, I felt as though I was seeing more 'head and neck' than usual. This is of course due to the placement of his neck on his shoulders.
I guess I am concerned about comments I read here about baroque Friesians being uncomfortable to ride.
My goals as basic level dressage, trail riding, costume classes and just being the absolute horse of my dreams. I'm 42 and not planning on being competitive, and have no plans to ever jump over anything. I may be interested in driving, if I end up somewhere where this would be safe.