The Friesian horse is a hardy breed native to the Netherlands, sometimes known as the "Belgian Dark Horse." This ancient cold-blooded horse breed was bred in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. It is also known as the "Black Pearl of Frisia" because of its black and shiny appearance.
The affectionate eyes, the high and beautiful head, and the elegant, beautiful and curved neck all show the noble appearance of this horse breed. The beauty of a Friesian horse is not superficial. This horse is loyal, and its versatility brings enduring value to the owner. Its generous and easygoing disposition makes it a great companion for riders of all ages.
Friesian horses are popular in Europe and the United States, where they are often used for dressage competitions, recreational rides, and car drives. Friesian horses perform well in dressage competitions because of their good athleticism, ease of training, beautiful muscles, and strong body self-control. Let's learn more about Friesian horses.
Friesian Horse Size And Appearance
Friesian horses have a distinctive appearance: a long neck, a prominent ridge, and a broad chest. Friesian horses are tall, muscular, and powerful, with a well-developed bone structure. The head and ear are relatively small, which is also a typical feature. Friesian horses have a lush manes and an extra-long tail. In performance, the long mane and long tail, together with the spur hair and low tail base, further highlight the horse's strength and elastic gait. Strong limbs and good bone structure give the Friesian great stamina and a stable footing.
A Friesian is often recognized by its shiny black coat, although this color is not its only distinguishing feature. Pure Friesians rarely have white badges. In purebred registrations, in most cases, only a small star is allowed on the forehead. Friesian horses also occasionally have chestnut hair, resulting from mating two crossbred black horses. There is a punishment for allowing a chestnut Friesian to race, and using a chestnut stallion is even harsher.
Average Size of Friesian Horse
The average body height of an adult Friesian horse is 15.3 hands (1.60 meters), and its body height varies from 14.2 hands (1.47 meters) to 17 hands (1.73 meters), and its average weight is about 500-600 kg. A mare or gelding must be at least 15.2 hands (1.57 meters) tall to qualify for a "Star-designation" pedigree. The Friesian horses should be judged and checked by the Dutch judges to decide whether they are worthy of such a star designation. This breed has a typical lifespan of 16 years.
|Height||14.2-17 hands (1.47-1.73 m)|
|Height of Mare or Gelding||at least 15.2 hands (1.57 m)|
|Average Weight||500-600 kg|
Today, there are two distinct types of Friesian horses. The "Baroque" type is the traditionally strong and physically strong type of Friesian. The "modern" style has thinner bones. Although "Modern" is more popular than "Baroque" in display circles, both types are prevalent in practice. Moreover, the correct exercise pace is more important than the appearance type. There is a strict identification process for stallions to be registered with the Friesian Register. The breed is personable, graceful, and known for its light, quick running, and high trot. Friesian horses are happy to work, energetic, gentle, and docile.