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Warm-blooded horse with a hint of coldblood
Height at the withers:
155 - 175 cm
compact, muscular, strong and high neck, lush long hair (wavy mane, long tail, feathering), baroque appearance
Colour of coat:
reliable, strong nerves, gentle and patient
spirited, elegant, high knee skips
Friesland in the Netherlands
show riding, recreational riding, dressage, advanced dressage, carriage driving, circus riding
Did you know that the Friesian horse breed was threatened by extinction at the beginning of the 20th century? Luckily, we can still enjoy their beauty and elegance today!
Just like Lusitano horses, the “black pearls of Friesland” have a long-standing history and they are among the oldest horse breeds in Europe. The ancient Romans were already fascinated by their beauty, and the horses are still highly sought-after partners for show riding and recreational riding today. Their fairytale-like appearance makes these baroque horses a very distinctive type of horse that originates in the 16th century: Friesian horses get their compact physique with a high neck, spirited gaits with high knee skips and a pronounced curvature in the ribs from crossbreeding with Iberian horse breeds.
The Dutch horses’ lush mane and feathering, their shiny coat and the large black eyes add to their one-of-a-kind appearance. In order to be officially recognised for breeding, stallions must meet a certain height at the withers: at least 158 cm for three-year-old stallions and 160 cm for four-year-olds. The animals from Friesland are reliable, eager to learn und gentle. And they can be used for many different disciplines thanks to their high intelligence and their sensitive nature: Whether it’s dressage, circus riding or advanced dressage – there is no other horse breed that presents itself in such a majestic way in many different disciplines.