About Friesian Horses
Friesian horses, or Frizian horse, are a horse
breed that originated in Friesland, which certainly makes sense. FYI: Friesland
is in the Netherlands. They are used both in harness and under saddle and most
recently they are being used in dressage.
They are black
with some occasional white marking; however, the only white marking allowed on
a studbook-registered horse is a small star. They are 15.2 to 16.0 hands tall
on average and weight 1300 + pounds.
Friesian horses have
the conformation of a light draught horse; however, they are very graceful and
nimble for their size. There is some evidence that during the Middle Ages,
ancestors of Friezian horses were in popular as war horses since they were big
enough to carry a big heavy guy in metal armor, while nimble enough to dance
Unfortunately, Friesian horses nearly became extinct on more than one occasion. Luckily these days
Friesian horses are growing in numbers and popularity. There are currently more
than 45,000 Friesians registered worldwide. Approximately 8,000 of those horses
are in North America.