The Friesian Stallion (also Frizian) is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although the conformation of the breed resembles that of a light draught horse.
Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. It is believed that during the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe.
Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armour. In the Late Middle Ages, heavier, draught type animals were needed.
Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion. The modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage.
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The Friesian stands on average about 15.3 hands (63 inches, 160 cm). Although it may vary from 14.2 to 17 hands (58 to 68 inches, 147 to 173 cm) at the withers. And mares or geldings must be at least 15.2 hands (62 inches, 157 cm) to qualify for a “star-designation” pedigree.
Horses are judged at an inspection, or keuring, by Dutch judges. Who decide whether the horse is worthy of star designation. 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, “Spanish-type” heads. 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, and “feather”—long, 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.