Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny
I'd have to disagree, at least here in the states they are favorite mounts for a lot of things, primarily dressage or bred with other breeds such as TB to get Friesian Sport horses...which are often used as Dressage and eventing horses. The last schooling show I went to had at least 15 Friesian crosses and 4 Freisians, all did very very well in their classes in 65% and above.
And I have also heard they make fun and honest trail horses.
Sorry but I tend to agree with Kayty.
Most Freisians are not conformed to be good higher level dressage horses. They are a carriage horse. There are SOME Freisians who are bred more towards a sport horse type (a friend of mine has her Freisian up to GP - but he is bred to the 9s) but MOST Freisians, especially a backyard bred $10,000 Freisian, are not this type. A nicely bred, correctly conformed for dressage Freisian at 5 y/o and well started would run you over $30,000 easily and even then the very nice ones are few and far between.
I have both done dressage and evented low levels on off breed horses and won quite a few championships. Low level championships and high scores are a relatively moot point when discussing suitability for high level performance. Anything with 4 legs that is ridden quietly and accurately through a first level test has the potential to get a 65%.
Generally, Freisians tend to be flighty and very strong in the hand and I would not recommend one (in general) for a new or timid/nervous rider. As a trail horse I don't know how well they would fare just because of their hair and large hooves. IMO Freisians look pretty, are very intelligent and can be a fun mount for an experienced rider, but as far as a performance horse leave much to be desired. Good luck!