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post #1 of 19 Old 04-03-2012, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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what are friesians like ?

I have been looking into getting a friesian , I know theyre expensive but we are a pretty wealthy family . Im just wondering what their characteristics are like ? And if you can share your friesian pictures :)
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I know there are some people out there who don't like Friesians for whatever reason,but I personally love them.I like their temperaments and toughness,and their smooth gaits;although they have a more upright action,I've found it to be very easy to ride with lots of power behind it. Friesians can vary greatly in size and build,some are more "drafty",big headed,while others are lighter boned with fine, sculpted faces. It depends on what you are planning to do with a Friesian,but I like them.
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I used to exercise my friends Friesian for him, they are lovely horses but I found his to be quite rough, and I had a fall on him away.
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My friend has about 5 or 6 of them and they are all so laid back! My trainer is riding the stallion and he is just spectacular to watch. I wouldn't mind having one I know that!
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I've never had the pleasure of riding / working with a Friesan, but at my old barn, there was a woman who did dressage with hers. I have the most distinct memory of sitting on the observation deck watching her and being able to feel every footfall that horse made. It was like thunder. Ever since then, I've been intrigued by them. If you do end up getting one, I hope you enjoy that extra special magic that seems to radiate off of them. =)
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Hi Friesian1 and welcome to the forum.

what are friesians like ?

That's a bit like asking what apples are like. They seem to be a fad breed lately, so they can be seen in all types, quality and temperament.

What type of riding do you do? What would be your plan for a Friesian? Many don't like their ride at all. Some who come from QHs for instance, are not used to having a neck and head way in in front of the rider.

You should visit as many responsible breeders as possible and get a feel of the breed. Get aquatined with their registries and know what to look for. There are tons of Friesian and Friesian crosses about right now. I've seen some which received the good points from both parents, but many who are a mess of a cross.

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I have a friesian cross which I tend to favor so they all don't look alike. They are very personable and would do best with one person. They like lots of attention.They are very food oriented. The link attached has some good info.
About the Friesian Breed
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I have a Friesian cross as well. She's a one-person kinda girl. I've heard that's common for the breed. I adore her.

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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.
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here are some pictures of Friesians I took
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