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post #21 of 27 Old 10-23-2012, 05:56 PM
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She is really cute, but for sure would need a diet...saddle fitting could be rough! Bareback or treeless till the diet takes affect most likely!

Just a note- We had a Friesian come from Wisc to Missouri, and he did not agree with the heat and humidity. I am sure some of the issue was he was black, but it he overheated very easily (and he wasn't even over weight!)
Going to a hot arid climate like Texas could be a rough transition for a heavy girl like this mare. Even when this horse was fit and schooling 1st and second level dressage he still overheated more easily than the other WB's. I'm sure this isn't the case with all Friesians (obviously there are many that live in hot states lol) but it is just something to keep in mind when considering staring this project!

Best of luck! She really is adorable!

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post #22 of 27 Old 10-23-2012, 06:29 PM
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She is all kinds of cute, but not so cute as to spend that money and go so far for.

She is overweight, which will lead you to a few problems.

1) Saddle fit, which will be a nightmare
2) Mounting, and staying stable, if you are a larger rider who is not as agile you will find that saddle slip when you are mounting or riding is a big issue.
3) Balance, a short round horse with a short thick neck may not be your best choice for your own personal comfort.

Look closer to home, you want to ride before you buy.

Look at stock breeds, and old fashioned bulldog type, or a draft x may suit you better, a little taller with a good set of withers is far easier to ride.
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Anything but QH...and most paints, honestly. I can't stand bulldog looks for my own horse. I admire them when they belong to others, but I would not buy one myself. Draft looks are fine, Appendix-type QH are okay, I suppose it comes from being raised east coast with Arabs and TB's all around. Just sight unseen, my first choice would be Vanner or Friesian, possibly crossed with Arab for a little refinement about the head and endurance. We all have favorites and least favorites. Watch me wind up with a ranch bred QH, lol.

I think one of my reasons for being so attracted to this gal, other than her loveliness, is her resembliness to a BLM Mustang I had for a few years in the late 90's. They are built almost identically, and she would go-go-go all boomin day and night!

Bringing horses from one climate to another does pose its own problems, true. Its hard to hear the tinkling of a broken dream, I have drooling over her for about 3 months. But I am sure she will find the right home if it is not to be with me.

There are plenty of Friesians here about Texas area, tho not a lot locally. Certainly none for sale, much to my chagrin. Closest one I would even think of is either 5 hours (Dallas/OKC) or closer to 8-10 hours away (Houston/Little Rock). Being stuck out in the black hole of West Texas has some distinct disadvantages :) Especially without a good vehicle to leave the local area. Tho that may be changing too... the winds are shifting here, on a personal level, so perhaps waiting is best, anyway.

I certainly thank everyone that has responded to this thread for their opinions, agreed with or not.
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post #24 of 27 Old 10-24-2012, 01:25 AM
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Haha I think a big ol' QH would be perfect for you!

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post #25 of 27 Old 10-24-2012, 02:30 AM
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Zynaal, I think you fell into a trap with comparing this mare to your mustang. Your mustang could go all day because, essentially, she was bred to. This mare isn't going to have any sort of stamina, especially while she's lugging around all the extra weight she's got on her now. Aside from that, friesians aren't particularly known for their stamina, anyway. Flashy, showy, pretty, yes. Endurance...not so much.

I really think you need to keep an open mind and look at any and all horses in your area that might work for you. You never might fall in love with a horse you never would have given the time of day before. That happened to me with my Aires. Never in a million years would I have considered a two-year-old, unbroken, virtually unhandled draft cross stud colt...but I am SO glad I did! He is perfect for me in every way.
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post #26 of 27 Old 10-24-2012, 05:02 AM
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Kinda seems like you hae decided not to get her. :( While I agree that she isn't so long backed as to cause problems, I do see a nice trail mare with a bit of work and a touch of discipline. Good luck on the hunting and YES owning a horse, taking care of them, and loing them does the body and mind a world of good! I hope you find what you are looking for soon :)

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post #27 of 27 Old 10-24-2012, 05:19 PM
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Glad you're passing, and I'll leave it at that.

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