Everybody is going to think I'm crazy but I don't like friesians. Their trot and canter remind me of how a crab walks (legs tuck way up and curl, not enough reach, no power) and I think they are overrated because of their appearance. Their necks are so short it looks awkward when they are collected, like their head is almost touching their chest and neck (huge long heads) and they all look too similar. The feathers and shaggy mane and tail thing makes them look like poodles Also, they can't do much more than dressage, and even at that, you just don't see many friesians at the high levels of dressage. I also dislike gaited horses and arabians, but mostly because the breeders seem to focused on over-exaggerated movement and appearance. I don't see why everyone bashes QH's. I learned to ride on a QH. Out of all the horse breeds I think they have some of the sweetest, calmest personalities and are a pleasure to work with. And that is coming from a WB owner.
You realize there are two different types of Friesians right. The smaller thicker baroque Friesians and the taller more refined modern style Friesians.
I think it's so silly to say "they" as if every Friesian is a shaggy crab creature like you've described.
You don't see "many Friesians" in dressage because they are a still rare breed coming back from near extinction. The ones you DO see in the dressage ring, the modern build smoke the arena.
Lol, they very much do NOT all look similar. I guess because I'm so involved in them I can pick out a certian stallion or a certian mare just based on body style. They're all black, lol. I guess that would confuse some people.
Oh man. Not enough power in a trot? For real? Baroque Friesians are bred to have huge powerful trots. For pulling carraiges. Often times they don't have a natural canter because they are bred for carraige work. That's why we see the elegant long legged more refined modern style Friesian move in slowly.
Weak trot? LOL. Uh-huh. Tell that to FHANA, lol.
Frides would disagree as well. ;)
These are in my opinion the bigger refined built modern style Friesians.
Dressage? There is always the legend that is Gofferet 369
Ugly shaggy crab creature? I don't think Keegan would agree.
Granted I've seen ugly Friesians. They are out there. I personally am not a HUGE fan of the baroque Friesians although they are just as beautiful in my eyes.
I am not one to sit and pick apart the flaws of some of a breed and then pin it to all of them.
Not taking anything personally. Only helping some people realize that not all Friesians are monstrous crab creatures. ;)