Andalusians hands down. My hub and I got into this discussion the other night. He has loved them forever and a long time ago before they were so popular we talked about importing a couple, even had contacts and did some legwork.
Thing is Friesians wouldn't do well out here. We trail ride. Though they are strong, gentle, and oh so lovely if they aren't over bred and long faced, one wouldn't and shouldn't be expected to travel 8 to 10 hours climbing our steep mountains. An Andalusian could.
I agree its lbs not miles, they were riding horses. And the good ones still are. But one of those good ones would set me back $20,000 or more and would be the only one I would have. I personally think they are being overbred, lacking the traditional elegance and finesse in an effort to saturate the breed.
Personally I like the looks of an Andie better! Especially the flashy dappled grey ones... with the three foot long mane and cresty neck... add on the Arabicish head. I'm down!