Originally Posted by tinyliny
Fresians and Andalusians are like "apples and oranges".
Fresians are a draft breed, meant to pull. They are elegant and have a nice movement, but it is not one that is naturally good for collection.
Andalusians are almost the polar opposite; built for collection and not designed to pull a cart at all.
I would rather own an Andalusion, personally. Fresians are lovely to look at and seem to have nice temperaments, this is true.
Might want to do a little more historical research. Even though they are often classified as a light draft, Frisians were/are a riding horse. Even had light breed introduced to lighten the Frisian way back when. Then used as a carriage horse later on as the need for heavier riding horses declined. (Even the Lipizzaner started being bred for carrage horses at one point, so shall we say they're a draft ment for pulling?) Records show them as a very popular ridden horse hundreds of years ago by mounted knights. But a history lesson is beyond the scope of this thread
. Besides, all horses can pull better than they can carry. Nature did not design the horse to carry loads on it's back. Humans are better designed for that. But again, beyond the scope of this thread
I'll go with the Frisian, because they are calm. Even tempered. Don't spook easily and when they do spook they recover amazingly fast compared to most other horses I've dealt with. Prefer to use them for breed improvements though. I like the Frisian Sporthorse (as defined by the FSA).