Originally Posted by Magic
Whats your opinion on friesians?
I am looking at one for a possible buy. He is training 4th level. Nice gaits. Modern type. heres what the add says about him:
2007 usdf FRIESIAN ALL BREEDS, 2ND LEVEL OPEN CHAMPION, 2ND LEVEL OPEN 9TH PLACE,usdf 2ND LEVEL OPEN 7TH PLACE, Andante(TACO), Gelding, Black, 16.1H Foaled: 1998, This is a VERY SPECIAL HORSE !!!!!Super friendly, wonderful temperment! Easy to ride for any level rider! Forward moving but not hot- goes well in a snaffle or a double bridle. Absolutely stunning jet black, modern-type Friesian with a very thick tail. Beautiful gaits- comfortable sitting trot-This horse is one of a kind !! He has everything you would want in a riding horse, hauls and clips easily, and has NO VICES. He has extensive show experience. Very grounded and well behaved at shows. Now schooling fourth. Has changes. NEVER any lameness issues!!
I want to go up to high level dressage and do some jumping once a week (or more, but nothing too hard for the horse or too much work) for fun. What do you think of them? Let me know ASAP! Thanks!
Consider first that I have been breaking and training for 24 years.
I would not consider such a horse, especially for the high levels (haute d'ecole) and definitely not for jumping. It is completely about what the horse is built for, and Fresians are not built for these manuevers, and as a result will spend a lot of time with the
Vet. Remember, they are Draft horses.......horses that are naturally able to do all of these things are usually the lighter breeds........