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Friesian Horse. With Magnificant Strength and Presence, the ultimate Friesen Black haired Beauty!

Updated on July 12, 2013

Fantastic Frisians

Double Black Beauty
Double Black Beauty
Friesians frolic in their Field
Friesians frolic in their Field
Friesians in their native Holland state, North Friesland.
Friesians in their native Holland state, North Friesland.
The brisk trot, typical of the breed
The brisk trot, typical of the breed
The Forelock and Mane of thick shiny hair.
The Forelock and Mane of thick shiny hair.

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!

The Versatile and Showy Frisian Horse

The Versatile Frisian Horse

The forward free moving Canter.
The forward free moving Canter.
The Frisian horse full of Presence showing the relatively delicate Head and prick Ears.
The Frisian horse full of Presence showing the relatively delicate Head and prick Ears.
The epitomy of elegance in this matched pair of carriage horses.
The epitomy of elegance in this matched pair of carriage horses.
Dressage is becoming more and more popular for Frisians with great success.
Dressage is becoming more and more popular for Frisians with great success.
Versatile, docile and willing draft horses......All photos courtesy of Flickr.
Versatile, docile and willing draft horses......All photos courtesy of Flickr.

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    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Oh dear! They are OK on paper! Well I was always told tey are dangerous at both ends! Enjoy your Easter eggs!

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Gyps: This horse is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for such an educational hub. I appreciate learning new things all the time. I should let you know that I am unfortunately afraid of horses... Stop laughing!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I don't think so. I had that book when I was young. Friesians have only recently become very popular. I think he was a Thorobred.

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      V. Lenne 

      7 years ago

      was black beauty a Friesian?

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi gwennie they are magnificent aren't they? I love to watch them with their high action and their "feathers" round their feet. Thanks for stopping by.

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      gwennies pen 

      8 years ago

      These horses are beauties. I love the long hair around their feet. It would be wonderful to own one, as black horses tend to look so elegant and showy anyway. Great hub! Thanks for introducing this breed of horse to the rest of us who never knew such beauties existed. At least not their breed.

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Aren't they glorious? I love to watch them. There are quite a few wonderful youtube videos of them prancing around. We can dream!!!

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      Barbara 

      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Stunning. When I was little my fantasy horse was black with a white star. I intended to call it Black Magic. Well, I had a plastic Breyer horse of this ilk and its name was Black Magic. Sigh. It will never happen now, but I do admire them from afar. Thanks for the lovely photos and the YouTube fantasy. I certainly can imagine a heroic knight riding in on the back of a Friesian.

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      Joilene Rasmussen 

      8 years ago from United States

      Not a bad idea, at that. :-)

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Joy, you deserve it to yourself to get that calendar! I am a cheap skate and wait until feb when they are half price.

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      Joilene Rasmussen 

      8 years ago from United States

      Absolutely they are. I might have to look up that calendar...or start making more money! I guess I should have snagged one of these horses back before they rose so much in popularity. It's true, now you see them all over the horse world.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Me too! I love them but they are out of my price range. I console myself with a beautiful calendar produced by Gabrielle Boiselle. Horses are fabulous creatures aren't they?

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      Joilene Rasmussen 

      8 years ago from United States

      Gypsy Willow, you've hit the target this time. Thanks for reminding me why I've wanted a Friesian for the past 15 years!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Alexander, the relationship to Belgian is that they are often used to draw Beer carriages. Clydsedale is actually Scottish but they were originally derived from Flemish heavy horses so you are anciently correct! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Alexander Silvius 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I didn't know how graceful they were. Reminds me of the Arabian, but they have a more wild grace while the Frisian is fluid. You can tell from the video that it is an animal in harmony with its rider. I had to think of the Clydesdale to since it was a Dutch origin horse - is there a relation? (Clydesdale is Belgian right?).

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Magnificent is the operative word with them. They have such natural presence with their high head carriage and jaunty feathers. You are right, Linda they do resemble a lighter version of the Clydesdale. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Myshrall 

      8 years ago

      I have to agree --- They are magnificent! They remind me a bit of the Clydesdale.

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