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Friesian Horse. With Magnificant Strength and Presence, the ultimate Friesen Black haired Beauty!
Northern Holland's Black Beauty
Many people immediately think of the familiar black and white cow if the name Friesian is mentioned. The same region in the North of Holland is also home to a wonderful and versatile Black Horse. The Frisian or Friesian or even Fresian horse is a stocky mid sized horse with showy paces, well set off by abundant feathers or long hair around its heels. The paces of this well rounded mount are suited to high level dressage yet it is just as at home pulling a carriage, jumping cross country or decked out in full medieval costume for jousting reenactments.
Originally the Frisian was bred as a war horse capable of carrying a knight into battle with the agility needed to keep him out of trouble. As armor became heavier the Frisian fell out of favor to the larger shire type of horse. Recently, the Frisian has risen from obscurity and has become much sort after and currently is very expensive. It is seen in the dressage arena where its forward going and flashy paces make it very popular Frisians in harness as carriage horses make an impressive sight. They are also natural jumpers.
Invariably solid black with maybe a white star, they vary from 14.2 to 17 hands. An occasional chestnut may be foaled but not registered in the stud book. From being an almost forgotten breed, the Frisian has surged in popularity to become one of the most desirable breeds for its docility and versatility. I wish I could afford one!