I bought my 1st friesian about 2year ago. It was love at first sight and he was 6month old. I bought my 2nd friesian last year, he was 5. My husband and I wanted to raise a baby horse. We've always had a lot of luck molding baby animals into loving pets. It turned out to be true with horses too. But if you want to trail ride as a family you need 2 horses so we got the 5 year old. Right now we pick one horse and put the boys on him when they get tired of walking on the trails. It's great fun and lots of "sacking out" with bicycles/dogs. They are real babysitters. I was drawn to Friesians because kept reading about their puppy dog personalities. That's true too. When I saw them in person, I just had to have one. They are amazing animals. They are always willing to learn something new or check out new places. We are not serious horse riding people and not good riders but the Friesians make you feel like you know what you are doing (easier to train than my dog!). Next year we will break in the 2 year old. We want to wait till he is atleast three so we don't ruin his legs. Then we will be able to ride as a family (a nice way to wind down from a hard day). The older one is my husbands horse...(not by my choice, the two have bonded). He is the fancy baroque type with the beautiful long wavey mane. I think the younger one is jealous because he is chewing up his mane and stepping on his tail every chance he gits
I would probably freak out if I was a show person but they are very happy horses and having lots of fun. The young one follows me everywhere. I have to watch out if I have a hat on or holding something in my hands, he will proudly steal it right away. Once I had just finished lunging the older horse and left the whip on the ground. The baby picked it up and ran off. He turned and looked at me with the whip in his mouth and started to shake the whip at me like "lunge human"
My two human children are not allowed in the field with them because the horses are just too curious. But the help out with treats, mucking, and lots of love from the other side of the fence. Sometimes they look like real farm boys sitting on the fence petting their horses.