04-04-2012, 12:15 AM
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Featheredfeet had some sound advice. I really depends a LOT on the riding you plan to do and what you're looking for. Frisian do tend to have pretty good personalities in general. Like any horse they can spook, but will "usually" recover quickly. You really need to look at the stock they are coming from.
The riding you plan to do will mean a lot in determining if a Frisian will fit your needs.
Like churmbeque and CinderEve I have Frisian crosses. In my case because a "Frisian" would not meet my needs, but added good features to the Saddlebred breed in creating a horse the would meet my needs (e.g. Over 1,000 lbs, heavy cannon bones, good endurance, intelligent, easy going and sweet disposition). But again, you need to check what you're buying. Horses, like people, have their own personalities.
If I had to own a Frisian I'd want my mares sire (who also happens to be CinderEve mare's sire). Only because he is so easy going even for a Frisian and a stunning classical baroque style Frisian and because I've dealt with stallions before. He's one of the easiest stallions I can imagine having to deal with (keeping in mind that he is a stallion). In reality he still would not be a good choice for the riding I do although many of his offspring are.
Just have to ask yourself what you espect to do with this horse. If you want to do a lot of jumping I probably would not pick a full blood Frisian. If you wanted a horse that probably had a good disposition, a great look and probably an impressive trot to show off, then a Frisian might be a good choice. Always check them and if possibly their parents before hand.
I tend to look at Frisians in the same way that many breeders in history looked at Arabians. A good horse for adding cerrtain traits for improving a breed, but not able to meet my needs as breed on their own.
Don't let my view discourage you though. For certain types of riding they are incredible horses.