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post #1 of 28 Old 04-24-2012, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Friesian Critique- possible buy

My husband is in love with friesians (I also think they are lovely, but have no desire to ride one). I have found one in my area, at a price I can afford, but I don't know much about the breed. If you have the time, can you please critique this mare for the use as a husband horse, plodding around on trails with me. Is she worth the price? Is she breeding quality if it was something we were interested in? Is her conformation nice? I don't want to spend 10k on a bottom barrel horse just because it's a Friesian. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 28 Old 04-24-2012, 12:33 PM
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Beautiful mare.
As far as confo goes, she is rather nice.
Shoulder angle could be a tiny bit steeper
Nice neck, though in some photos appears to be set a little high
Good front legs. Good pasterns and not a bad hoof angle
Back looks maybe just a tad long and again in a couple pictures she appears bum high, though in others she doesn't??
I like her hindquarters and there doesnt appear to be anything seriously off with her hind legs either
All in all, i think she is a rather nice looking horse, however i cannot say much on price or breeding quality, as i am not a Friesian expert. I do know that they can get pretty expensive, so her price is probably a good one for a wellbroke horse.

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post #3 of 28 Old 04-24-2012, 12:44 PM
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I'll be honest, I don't like her for that price. She looks fairly downhill (and this breed is usually pretty level or uphill) in some pictures and looks a little strange. Her front doesn't always seem to match her hindquarters?

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post #4 of 28 Old 04-24-2012, 12:49 PM
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She seems bum high, and a touch long in the back. Honestly, I would not pay that much for her.
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No worries about being honest, I know next to nothing about this breed. I am an Arabian lover, and I still defer to some of you guys on them. Thanks again!
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Friesians are meant to pull things, not as riding horses. So as a generalization for the breed they are strong in front and tend to pull and be heavy in the hand. Some horses are getting bred more towards riding and more specifically dressage but they are mostly unsuitable as they move "out" behind and do not bend at the hocks and carry as much as is needed to make a successful dressage horse.

This horse is NOT a good Friesian type for riding, or breeding, or anything really. And why are they breeding it?? Just because it's registered doesn't mean its uterus needs to be occupied....
For $10,000, you can find yourself a nice, well trained, broke to death, black Quarter Horse that's going to be sound sound sound and super safe on the trails. Just let his mane and feathers grow out and he'll look almost like a Friesian :P

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post #7 of 28 Old 04-24-2012, 01:35 PM
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From what I saw on the is probably a scam anyway. I read the comments at the bottom of the ad page.
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From what I can see, you're paying for the papers that say "Friesian." I would keep looking.
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post #9 of 28 Old 04-24-2012, 05:57 PM
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they're clearly asking that price solely based on her breed and not the individual horse itself. :/
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post #10 of 28 Old 04-29-2012, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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My husband went to look at her today, they said 9,000 and that includes two saddles, blanket, and haters/bridles. She really wants to sell her locally. I'd love input on friesians from owners. How are their gates as riding horses? Do you think a friesian, if conditioned to finish a 25 mile endurance ride (non competitve, dead last is okay, again I appreciate anyone's opinion. Her personality was to die for. Easily the sweetest Horse I've ever let .
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