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View Poll Results: Do you like Friesians?
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post #21 of 34 Old 06-02-2008, 09:23 PM
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Actually, several purebred Friesians have competed successfully at Grand Prix level dressage. At least two of them, including the late Goffert, are from Iron Spring Farm. I receive this farm's yearly DVD, and it always includes clips of their Friesians in competition.
Ritske R, a Friesian stallion from Ots Sunrise Farm (very near where I live), has competed at 2nd level with scores in the mid-70s and is training 3rd level. He has been a USDF Region 4 reserve champion. Dressage judges used to be predjudiced against the breed, but that is changing because the Friesians have really been proving themselves
While I wouldn't recommend a Friesian for jumping, some of them are very athletic and quite suitable for upper-level dressage.
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post #22 of 34 Old 06-02-2008, 11:20 PM
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I find them very uncomfortable to ride. Their canter is very odd. Sort of like being on a boat with high waves.

I would suggest anyone wanting to buy one, find some that you can ride and be around because that just might change your mind about them. I fell in love with them when Ladyhawk came out and was really excited to get to work with them in our medieval show and after two years of it I couldn't wait to not work with them.

They are so beautiful but just not that great to handle or ride. But that is just my opinion! I decided to go with a Percheron because I could get the flashy looks that a Friesian has but a way better attitude.

In their defense, I don't think they were trained as well as they should have been. They were really spirited horses, bolted all the time (one used to be a carriage horse and was sold for bolting), very ancy 'hot' horses that just didn't relax.

I still think they are pretty.
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post #23 of 34 Old 06-03-2008, 12:48 AM
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Ugh, I'd LOVE to at least ride one...lol, I love the bigger breeds. :P

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post #24 of 34 Old 06-03-2008, 02:39 PM
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This is actually a very good article if you are interested in the particulars of the breed.

http://69.250.124.116/web/friesian/f...esianGuide.htm
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post #25 of 34 Old 06-03-2008, 03:13 PM
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Good link, Sara! :) Thanks!

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post #26 of 34 Old 06-05-2008, 01:33 AM
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Wow to the person who said a Friesian would not be good for dressage or jumping I have to say knows nothing of the breed, They happen to do excellent in dressage, Saddleseat, jumping and more. Proud Friesian owner.
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post #27 of 34 Old 06-05-2008, 01:43 AM
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OH by the way I am sorry for not introducing myself I just stumbled upon the site and saw the post of the Friesian not doing well for dressage or jumping. I just thought it was rather funny the person FriesianSH mentioned the FPZV approved stallion Ritske R he is the Grand Sire (on the Dam's side) of my Friesian mare.
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post #28 of 34 Old 06-05-2008, 07:35 PM
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You should post pics of your mare, I'd love to see her. I know less about the German studbook, what is her breeding?
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post #29 of 34 Old 06-05-2008, 07:52 PM
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I just got a new digital camera will gets some pics of her. She is out of Loek W and Frauke von Holzhausen . Grand sire on sire side is Tsjomme 329
Dam' Sire is Ritske R.
She just turned 3 last month and right now is 16.1 at the withers and 16.3 at the croup. Big baby. She has been started under saddle and is doing wonderful. The owner of the barn where she is has her full brother he will be 2 this month.
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post #30 of 34 Old 06-05-2008, 07:53 PM
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Woo, she's going to be tall! I can't wait for the photos
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