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post #11 of 28 Old 04-29-2012, 02:02 AM
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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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I'm guessing he didn't like the TWH. Shame.

I don't know Friesians but judging from her comfo.. don't think she'd be conditioned to go many miles with that long back anytime soon. But I could be wrong.

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I do agree with almost everything said here, from what I read and understand Friesians are cart/carriage horses. They aren't meant for heavy (long riding) and are considered light draft horses also know as, "Belgian Blacks." They are GORGEOUS, but I think people get way to into the looks of them rather than what they're bred to do and what the breeds history holds. I do enjoy watching them in dressage the few times I have seen them. I have yet to see one on the trails, but who knows? They did use to carry knights into battle, lol. Although I do think that price is high, conformation wise there are a few minor things and you are basically "paying for the papers." A pretty expensive trail horse if you ask me. If you could get her for a lower, more reasonable price in this market it'd be more realistic.

I do wish you luck though in whatever you decide to do! Keep us posted. I'd love to see her on the trails if you get her. :)
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Wow I messed that post up. Haters? Let? Ha ha. My husband really loved the Tennessee walker. She was even his favorite color- chestnut. His problem is that she is in Tennessee. He is firm on not buying out of state, unless it a breeder who focuses on one breed and there reputation is very good. We are going to look at the Palomino perch/saddlebred cross, although I agree with you guys that she appears swaybacked. The friesian has a back that looks odd in some pictures, and I'm not sure how she would look if she was in shape. She looks fat too me. Maybe it is just the breed. I'll post a couple pictures. We are defiantly not sold. Just tempted. Sorry to keep bugging you guys, I just really enjoy having the opinions of so may experts.
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A couple pictures, I was trying to get her to stand square.
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Oh, and I convinced him to go for a ride with me last night... He rode my 14.3-15 hh Cremello quarter horse mare. He looked a little big on her, but not to the point of ridiculous in my opinion. She also carried him with ease. She did not even get sweaty. She is a stout little thing though.
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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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If you want an endurance horse you should look at endurance breeds. Friesians are not bred for endurance and they do not do well in the heat
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Meh. I've seen MUCH better friesians, even where I live (and they're relatively rare in Arizona, that I've seen).

I don't like her back. It just looks...weak, to me. It is a wee bit long, as well.

She's pigeon breasted, unless that's just fat. I also don't like her neck, but then again, I don't like most friesian necks.

She looks like she toes out pretty severely in the front, too. It may just be the shadows, but her right front hoof looks a little clubby to me, as well.

I don't know. I just don't like the way she's built. She also doesn't look like she'd be up to carrying your husband (if that's him in the photo) over any distance for an extended period of time, even well-conditioned.

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It is him in the photo. He is very tall. Most endurance breed horses are very small as well. I wish we could find a tall gaited horse in the area, some of them get pretty tall, and they are passably good at endurance.
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I know the problem of height all too well. My ex-husband was 6'5" and solid (weighed 280lbs when we got married, about 240lbs when we got divorced). We were looking into trail horses for him for a little while, but we lived in Tucson, AZ (desert), so there weren't many draft crosses available and he didn't want/like smaller horses.

What about a big arab? My friend's Bask-bred arab gelding is pushing 16hh (not even joking...we're talking he's centimeters away from being 16hh) and can go for days. There's a guy who is at least 6'3" at our barn that has a 15-15.1hh arab gelding and they're fine together. Jim is even starting to train endurance on Mo. Heck, our BO is about 6'4" and all he rides are stocky QHs. He makes them look like ponies, but he rides them just fine. lol I don't think one of his horses (that he rides) is taller than 15.1hh.

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you have much more to select from and find a better mount if you expanded your radius of distance
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