The Majestic Friesian Horse
 

The elegant, romantic and majestic Friesian horse is becoming very popular these days, after almost facing extinction many years ago. These distinctive black horses, with big movement, jet black coats, long manes, tails and feathery fetlocks, appear often in Dressage shows as well as carriage driving trials.  
Originally bred as a draft horse, today's Friesian is graceful and agile for its size. Its exceptional strength, body control, flowing gaits and intelligence make them an excellent choice for high level Dressage as well as combined driving trials and carriage horse training. And many Friesians are beautiful and much-loved companions that carry their owners down the trail in high style!


Photos courtesy of
Wind Spirit Friesians


Photos courtesy of
Wind Spirit Friesians

Originating in the Netherlands, the Friesian is probably best known for its gorgeous black color and luxurious mane, tail, and 'feathers' (long, untrimmed hair on the lower legs). The Friesian is a tall horse, measuring at least 15.2 and sometimes as tall as 17 hands. It has a spectacular trot, both fast and high-stepping. This magnificent horse is very willing, active, and energetic but gentle and docile.
 


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