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post #91 of 137 Old 07-05-2018, 10:44 PM
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Thank you! He's definitely not your typical baroque Friesian, that's for sure! A friend of mine said that if I pulled his mane and shaved his feather that he would look like a thick, black warmblood.
I don't agree with that either. If you shaved him bald, he would still look like a Friesian to me. They have a very distinct look.

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post #92 of 137 Old 07-06-2018, 11:55 AM
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I don't agree with that either. If you shaved him bald, he would still look like a Friesian to me. They have a very distinct look.
On this we agree.
He's nothing at all like a warmblood. Much longer in the leg and not as big in the body. There are Friesians being bred that are more like WB's though they tend to be heavier built. They can compete in dressage from a better standing. These two are shorter in the leg and bigger bodied than the OP's proposed purchase but as soon as they move that really distinctive high knee action is still there.

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post #93 of 137 Old 07-06-2018, 01:19 PM
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Well, at the end of he day, I don't think that the style of riding we call dressage was originally meant to mean that a horse should move like a warmblood. It was intended to be a style of training that could be applied to any horse.

The movement of the typical warmblood may be what is in style right now but that doesn't mean that a friesian can't do dressage, it just means that the top levels won't be flooded with them. To say that if you are serious about dressage you need a warmblood is rediculous. If you ate serious about winning in top levels right now, you might need a warmblood.
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All judges know breed characteristics and certainly are aware that a Friesian has more knee action naturally, but then so do many other breeds for instance Hackney that also show in Dressage. What the sport is about is the training of the horse bringing him to his full potential. The trend has been for more expressive movement anyway.

I think this horse might be a good representation of the "modern sport-horse style". The music irritates me, but the horse is fabulous IMO.


This horse is definitely working off his back end and not heavy in front. I couldn't stop smiling watching him and would give me great joy to ride!


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Here is another one I like

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This one is so, so lovely. Definitely to infinity and beyond my price range, LOL, but lovely.
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post #97 of 137 Old 07-09-2018, 11:52 AM
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Well, at the end of he day, I don't think that the style of riding we call dressage was originally meant to mean that a horse should move like a warmblood. It was intended to be a style of training that could be applied to any horse.

The movement of the typical warmblood may be what is in style right now but that doesn't mean that a friesian can't do dressage, it just means that the top levels won't be flooded with them. To say that if you are serious about dressage you need a warmblood is rediculous. If you ate serious about winning in top levels right now, you might need a warmblood.
I don't disagree with you at all. In the UK more so than in the US dressage is open for any breed and you see a huge mix of types competing but the OP was talking about spending a substantial amount of money on a horse and that isn't something you need to do if you're only looking at competing at lower levels hence my confusion.
I have lots of UK friends who compete in the lower levels of dressage but none of them paid above $5 K for their horses because they had no desire to ever go into the upper levels. One of them does have a 3/4 Friesian x cob who's coming along very well with help from Levi Hunt (who is trained by Carl Hester) but she only paid 200 british pounds for him in a sale
UK Traditional cob Billy Whizz is now moving up to GP level which shows that judges over there aren't just looking for flashy WB's
There are Friesians that have the ability to produce the extension needed for higher levels but they're usually a lot more money so unless you particularly want a Friesian the cost could be a prohibitive factor. If you don't want to go into the upper levels then no need to spend a ton of money
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I get how it is confusing. People automatically assumed that she wanted something more. Well, the OP actually insinuated something more by saying 2nd and 3rd level. I think that the right friesian can go that far but I don't know about ready made for 25 or 30 grand.

A lot of people don't agree that friesians should cost as much as they do. But right now, right here, they do and people are paying the money. Are they worth it or not? That is up to the individual that is shelling out the money. It doesn't make them a horrible breed though. I think that they are really nice horses and I like them. I didn't pay anywhere near what some people are asking for my friesian cross, I guess I got what some people would call lucky. I paid right around 3 grand including what it cost to ship her to me. I think that she is worth it.

I love the baroque breeds, that's my thing.
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In the US, because they were brought here from Europe in these more recent times, they cost more as the shipping fees were added to the sale price - exactly the same as the Gypsy Cobs and Vanners which you could buy for a peanuts in the UK.
In theory the price should go down as more are being bred here
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That is a beautiful Fresian! I had a Fresian percheron cross i did some training with. He had a good attitude but was Very. Lazy. He is in Florida as well. His owners had no problems with him but I'm not sure they ride much during the summer.
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