Friesian horses - the black pearls
Profile Friesían horse:
|Height:||155 – 175 cm|
|Exterieur:||powerfully muscled, agile with elegant action, thick mane and tail, “Baroque” body type|
|Character:||faithful, strong-nerved, friendly, patient|
|Pace:||bouncy and elegant|
|Origin:||Friesland in the Netherlands|
|Suitable for:||Shows, Dressage, Carriage|
Looks like a fairytale
Beside Lusitanos, the “black pearls of Friesland” are one of the oldest horse breeds in Europe. They are originates in the northern Netherlands, where there is evidence of thousands of years of horse populations. As far back in history as the 4th century there are mentions of Friesian troops which rode their own horses. These ancestors of the modern Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle. During the 16th century, when the Netherlands were briefly linked with Spain, there was less demand for heavy war horses, as battle arms changed and became lighter. Andalusian horses were crossbred with Friesians, producing a lighter horse more suitable for work as urban carriage horses.
The breed has powerful overall conformation and good bone structure, with what is sometimes called a “Baroque” body type. Friesians have long, arched necks and well-chiseled, short-eared. They have powerful, sloping shoulders, compact, muscular bodies with strong, sloping hindquarters and low-set tails. Their limbs are comparatively short and strong. A Friesian horse also has a long, thick mane and tail, often wavy, silky hair on the lower legs—deliberately left untrimmed. The breed is known for a brisk, high-stepping trot. The Friesian is considered willing, active, and energetic, but also gentle and docile. A Friesian tends to have great presence and to carry itself with elegance. Today, there are two distinct conformation types—the “baroque” type, which has the more robust build of the classical Friesian, and the modern type. Both types are common, though the modern type is currently more popular in the show ring than is the baroque Friesian.
Did you know? Friesian horses were in danger of extinction in the 20th century. Fortunately, we are still able to have these black beauties around!
Friesians at CAVALLUNA
In CAVALLUNA-Show “World of Fantasy”, Filipe Fernandes ride an Friesian horse with his team of another three Friesian. With elegant dressage tricks and his talented team, he managed to show of the beauty of the black horses.
Filipe is very proud of his horses. They always amaze the audience with their apperance and nature. They love to be in the spotlight and present themselves everytime on stage.