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View Poll Results: Do you like Friesians?
Yes 41 83.67%
Not really 3 6.12%
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    05-15-2008, 11:36 AM
Fresians are just so beautiful...that's a really nice pic!
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    05-15-2008, 02:27 PM
Green Broke
Just another side of the coin. I worked with two Friesians over the course of 4 years as a part of our medieval show. They were very hot, difficult to deal with, unruly no matter the amount of training you put into them.

I think there are definitely good and bad horses in every breed but being around them really was shocking after having grown up dreaming about them all the time (seeing them in movies).

After that, I had no interest in being around them, but still love to see them in the movies and in pictures!
    05-15-2008, 08:33 PM
I rode my freinds fresian, Gambler and he was absolutely awsome, I like my hot bloods..Tb and arabs mostly, but loved gambler he was so loyal and sweet. I wouldnt say no to having one, they are sooo much fun and beautiful to look at.
    05-28-2008, 07:18 PM
I've had experience with Friesians, and I own a Friesian Sport Horse. He's half Friesian, half Paint.
Friesians are wonderful horses. Someone on the thread mentioned that the ones they worked with were hot heads. That tends to be the exception rather than the rule. Most Friesians are laid back and easy to work with.
Here is my only beef with purebred Friesian--they tend to have more than their share of health problems. Many Friesian people believe this is due to the extensive inbreeding that was necessary to keep the breed alive. So far, the studbooks have remained firm in their refusal to allow the infusion of outside blood to improve the breed's constitution. The breeder I bought my sport horse from has lost four of eight Friesians over the past five years. And I'm always hearing about someone's Friesian dying.
That being said, the Friesian crosses seem to do very well healthwise and in competition. Purebred Friesians are sometimes good dressage horses, but it depends on what their body type is. I wouldn't recommend them for jumping in competition--they're just not built for it. The crosses, depending on what their breeding is, can be very athletic. They often retain many Friesian characteristics such as a calm temperament and slighty heavier build. They also tend to be somewhat cheaper than a purebred :) Good luck in your search!
    05-28-2008, 07:31 PM
I LOVE freisians!! They are so gorgeous. I've never ridden though, but I would love to. Kira - I totally agree! Lol. That pic is beautiful!!
    05-29-2008, 04:02 AM
He sounds fabulous! I really like the look of him, he seems wonderful and I think he really is too good but he is true!! Great pick. If you know your going to look after him great, (Which I'm sure you will!!!!) then go for him! Good luck!
    05-29-2008, 07:54 PM
I'm a sucker for Black horses and the feathers. The main thing that bugs me with them is their head carriage. It just looks so un-attractive.
    05-31-2008, 08:27 AM
Re: Friesians- HELP!

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........
    05-31-2008, 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by Rachluvshorses4eva
He sounds fabulous! I really like the look of him, he seems wonderful and I think he really is too good but he is true!! Great pick. If you know your going to look after him great, (Which I'm sure you will!!!!) then go for him! Good luck!
haha, thanks

Yep! I DEFINITELY would take care of any animal! No doubt!

Well, idk.... I am kind of "off" friesians right now, I have just seen so many problems in them
    05-31-2008, 08:19 PM
They are quite stunning but I think it's because we are all in love with the black mane and tail and and jet black coloring

Always thought they were stunning horses but I wouldnt get one. I'm not a big fan of their head carriage and the look of their paces.

Have you had the chance to ride one before? It might be something to consider and look at, to make sure that it is what you want.

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