Known as one of the ancient horse breeds in Europe, the Friesian horse were used as the medieval war horses and draft horses in the 4th century. After that, when the heavy draft horses needed to be used for war, the Friesian horse became extinct. Thanks to its muscular body, excellent jet-black color, light draft size, suitable for both in harness and saddle; Friesian horses became popular in the last two decades and are widely used for pleasure riding, driving, competition, dressage, jumping, harness racing, and equestrian sports.
1. Origin and History
Originated in the Friesland province of present Netherlands, the Friesian is the only native horse breed of Holland. In the 17th century, the horses were imported to North America and lost due to indiscriminate cross-breeding. The Friesian horses were reintroduced in North America after 1974. This horse breed influences Eastern bloodlines.
2. Physical Characteristics
Friesian is a light draft horse and attractive thanks to its color, tail, luxurious mane, and forelock, high-set neck, expressive face, as well as powerful thighs and hindquarters. The average height is from 15.2 to 16 hands. The average weight of the Friesian horse is 1300 pounds. The horse has a compact, muscular body, robust and sloping shoulder, well-chiseled “Spanish -type” head, short-eared, and low-set tails. They have an attractive, wavy, thick, and long mane, silky and long feathers at the fetlock. They are active, energetic, willing, but docile horse breeds. You will easily fall in love its passion and character.
3. Color and Identification
Black is the only recognized color of Friesian horse. It may vary from dark-brown to dark bay or pure black. Sometimes they found in chestnut since they carry the “Red” gene. They are allowed to have a small “Star” marking in their foreheads. Their other distinct identification marks are the feathered fetlock, long and wavy mane and tail, and black skin.