Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Northern Florida
I have never seen a lump on the breast bone just because they are friesian. That looks like something but it could just be that moment in time like some kind of bug bite, kick from another horse or whatever if I'm looking at the same thing as others.
I crossed a friesian with a lusitano (up until 1960's it they were pretty much the same breed as the andy) and glad I did. I was pretty confident that I was going to get a really nice horse out of it and I did. The reason that I did that is because I saw the result of others breeding the same, liked what I saw and wanted that.
I may see a little toeing in or just the way she's standing at the moment. Any breed of horse can have confo faults so just check her out or have her looked at by a vet. I would be a bit leery if she's been ridden extensively as she's so young and still has much growing to do. Just started would be alright with me. Andy's/Lusitano's do grow slowly and my Friesian mare was not finished until almost seven.
As far as the breed cross, I love them. Most of the those crosses that I've seen I've like. My three year old filly is the sweetest thing with a touch of sass. She's super smart, very gentle, loves people, and is quite a character.
Should you trade? Well, do you want money or another horse?
Friesians were originally bred for riding horses. Heavy enough to carry men and armor into battle and but agile enough to move. Movement needed for war (would that be classical dressage?) Then harness horses became en vogue and they started breeding them for more of a high stepping action. Now, riding them has become en vogue again and they are being bred more for a riding horse again. As a breed, they are generally gentle, very people oriented, intelligent, and also full of character.
Andulusians (and lusitanos for that matter) were also originally bred as war horses and became Spain and Portugals sweetheart for classical dressage and bull fighting. They are smart, can be hot, very sweet with a lot of try. A typical andalusian will try to do anything for you.
If I were heavily into any kind of jumping discipline, neither of these breeds or the cross of them would be my choice. Of course they can jump quite nicely but others bred for that can do it better. If I were getting into competition dressage maybe, classical dressage definitely yes, If I wanted a very pleasant and fun riding horse I would definitely say yes to this filly.
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Last edited by LoriF; 08-10-2019 at 06:59 AM.