Why Do People Consider Friesians Hard to Ride? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 35 Old 11-12-2019, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Why Do People Consider Friesians Hard to Ride?

Since I've started riding, I've only ridden Friesians and Appaloosas. I have a very low variety of breeds I ride, as you can see. When I mention I ride horses, I always talk about Willis, who's a Friesian. The first schoolmaster I rode was a Friesian, and my lesson horse before Willis was a Friesian cross.

So when I mention that 'my baby' is a Friesian, I've noticed that people who also ride tend to say something like, "I could never ride a Friesian!" Or "Riding Friesians is too difficult for me."

Why? I'd assume because they're big, but I don't know. Thanks in advance!
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I'd assume because of their movement style; they are big movers! Friesians were bred to be cart horses originally, not smooth riding horses like other breeds.
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Maybe because of their high set head and neck? How big some are? Who knows! But they sure are missing out on experiencing such a pleasurable ride. Next to my Arabs, they have a smooth and flowing movement about them and are such people pleasers.
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Well, Friesians are generally very expensive horses, so if I were to say "I could never ride a Friesian" it would be more like saying "I could never afford a Friesian."

I LOVE their look and would feel incredibly lucky even to test ride one. I wouldn't even need a purebred Friesian, I would be happy with something big and black, lol!

I own an incredible Fox Trotter but sometimes I feel like I'm too big for her. I would love to find something big boned like a Friesian. And although I learned never to buy a horse for color, black IS my favorite horse color! (It took me about 20 years to end up with an actual black horse).

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They're bred for big, flashy movement. Movement that can be hard to sit.
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They're bred for big, flashy movement. Movement that can be hard to sit.

Well, Rutger Hauer made it look easy.



Anybody else watch Ladyhawke and not know which was prettier......Hauer or Goliath?

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I thought his name was Othello? Yes, he did but you could see quite a bit of air at times. Riding hitch horses can be the same, really any horse with big movement.
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I've never had the fortune to own a Friesian but I think they are beautiful and such gorgeous movers. Maybe that intimidates people some.
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Although I cannot speak specifically for Friesians, I definitely agree with big movers being very difficult to ride, especially at the trot. My horse has an incredibly vertically elevated trot being 1/2 Arabian and also has very forward horizontal movement at the same time being 1/2 Standardbred. So when I say she is a HUGE mover, I mean in all ways!

Most people, including trainers, lose their balance while riding her trot. You need a lot of core strength to post it without getting bounced right off over her shoulder and bless your heart if you attempt to sit it! I let a Western friend ride her on a trail and I told her ahead of time you should post on her, even in Western tack. I was almost in tears laughing when she decided to sit it and was bouncing a foot out of the saddle with every stride and I promptly asked her to PLEASE post for the sake of both of their backs
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Well, Friesians are generally very expensive horses, so if I were to say "I could never ride a Friesian" it would be more like saying "I could never afford a Friesian."

I LOVE their look and would feel incredibly lucky even to test ride one. I wouldn't even need a purebred Friesian, I would be happy with something big and black, lol!

I own an incredible Fox Trotter but sometimes I feel like I'm too big for her. I would love to find something big boned like a Friesian. And although I learned never to buy a horse for color, black IS my favorite horse color! (It took me about 20 years to end up with an actual black horse).
My feelings exactly
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