I'm pretty keen on this little colt. He's only 6 weeks old. Friesian wb. Dam is homozygous pinto, Sire is imported friesian.
Critique in regards to dressage please. He apparently has a lovely temperament for his age, very easy to do anything with, takes everything in his stride.
Rather pricey though!
I have a Friesian sporthorse colt myself, coming two this year, so I'm keen on the breed--but the problem is that the mares sometimes are really shoddy and although the babies look great, ALL babies look like they just float over the ground. The mare is VERY VERY important. If she has stock horse blood (APHA, 'unknown' pinto, or QH), most definitely pass. They just don't blend well for a sporthorse prospect.
He has a slopey hind end for me that I don't really like (it's the most important part!), and a short neck, but it's hard to tell anything else without conformation shots.
The mare is a bit of a mixed bag. She has tb, warmblood and australian stock horse (I am a big fan of aussie stock horses, they are usually built beautifully!). I have asked for some conformation shots of both mare and foal which I am waiting on, and also video of the foal.
I actually ride APHA paints, and I love the QH/stock horses. Great guys.
But they just don't mix well with this breed; the babies look cute and they grow up a little awkward. If it's only a little bit I wouldn't worry much. ;)
Try to get a video of the mare/stallion. The baby's going to look great--but if the mom has a choppy/flat hunter stride, there's a darn good chance the baby will end up with it. They don't keep the movement they have as babies!
Depending on how serious in dressage you want to be, you have to see how the stallion moves and was bred. There are 'sport horse models' in the friesian world, and then there is the traditional breed standard which have a park-cart horse type movement. Very pretty--terrible canters and what the German's would call 'leg movers'--they tense their back. You don't want to be starting out with all the cards against you!
The mare has quite a flat trot but a fairly nice canter. Both her parents had really lovely loose movement so unfortunately she didn't inherit that. The sire has a beautifull trot and canter, not so carthorsey at all, he is much more a riding type. The stallions sire is also bred as a sport horse (pure friesian) and is competing in US dressage as far as I know.
He does have a lovely back on him, but I'm going to try and hassle for video too. I'm also about to look at the video of mare and foal moving when he was only 2 1/2 weeks, but she's going to send me more of him from now.
I am ideally wanting to go as far as I can in dressage, at least to advanced on my next horse so yes, I do need something that isn't all legs and has an abilty for collection.
I don't know alot about dressage.
But I have to say, he is absolutely STUNNING!
I think his movement looks rather good.
Nice long legs *i like that*
At his age though, it is hard for a critique, especially just being little, if you look at photos of the dam, and sire you will see maybe what his confirmation will be like, but there is no absolute gaurantee.
I think he will be rather lovely in the show ring.
Let me know if you get him <3
Don't worry, you'll find one. It took me forever to find my boy, but I absolutely love him. If you're looking for something trainable and affectionate, the friesians can't be beat! My boy gets it from his mother's side, and at two years old and still intact, he is an absolute doll. ;)
I know a ton of Friesian cross breeders here--wish I could help in your area!
I work at a riding school, and stud where we breed friesian warmbloods, breed from every type of mare you can think of, and if they are the right quaility np matter what breed they magnificent foals...