Friesian Sporthorse

The history of Friesians is a page were you can learn all about the Friesian past.

Friesians are somewhat a new breed in America! Friesians possess a very proud stance, a beautiful long neck, a small head but large eyes, a luxurious mane and tail and are very smart.

In 1276 there is known to be a trade of Friesians at a market in Munster (Germany). It is not strange that Friesland, were Friesians come from, were offered many of them. The Friesian is an exceptional and highborn breed of horse. The breed of Friesians almost became extinct but was saved by a few breeders in Friesland. The Friesian horse was used by knights fighting in the crusades. Also the Friesian is used commonly for circus horses and dressage’s.

Friesians are pure black and a possibility of a simple white star on his forehead, also they stand from 15-16 hh. They are brilliant friendly horses and intelligent. Friesian horses only come in jet black today but originally they also came in chestnut and grey!

There a less than 1000 Friesians left in the USA and Canada.
One the outstanding characteristics are the Friesians mane and tail.

Evolution:
The horse’s earliest ancestor was eohippus which appeared 55 million years ago. The eohippus was a small stocky animal about the same size as a fox, it had four toes on each foot.

Four stages:
Stage 1: eohippus appeared 55 millions years ago.
Stage 2: mesohippus appeared 40 million years ago.
Stage 3: merychippus appeared 25 million years ago.
Stage 4: pliohippus appeared 5 million years ago.
Stage 5: Equus caballus appeared 1.5million years ago.

Friesian Care
This is all about caring for your Friesian. Here you can learn how to look after your Friesian horse perfectly.

It is good advice to groom your horse, grooming is a part of your Friesians daily care, also if your Friesian is going to a show or competition. Regular grooming ensures your horse to be healthy and comfortable. Most people recommend you to groom your horse daily, sometimes this is not possible. Horses should always be groomed before ridden to avoid chafing or rubbing from dirt and other materials.

Bad hay is not good for your horse, mould and dust could cause colic. Some horses have allergic reactions to mould and dust and this could lead to copd (also known as heaves).

All horses should have a good supply of water all the time
They should always have access to water. The best way to store water whilst a horse is in a field is too pour it into an old bath tub and fill it up and check it constantly.

Friesians need to be kept clean or else they will feel uncomfortable whilst being ridden with a saddle on.

Poisonous plants:
Ragwort, hemlock, buttercup, foxglove, henbane, ground ivy, horsetail, acorns, yew, privet, laurel and laburnum.

Essential grooming equipment:
Water brush, dandy brush, body brush, hoof pick, curry comb, comb, stable rubber and cleaning materials with sponge and duster.

Friesian Horse Sale
Buying your Friesian could be hard, so here are some tips to help you whilst purchasing your friesian.

If you would like to buy a good quality Friesian you would have to pay a premium. Friesians vary in price according to there age, breeding and quality level of training. No one will sell their Friesian for cheap if there is nothing wrong with it.

You should know that it is ok to ask the owner of the Friesian you’re going to buy questions. Ask about the history of the horse and how it has been trained, also if there have been any injuries and whether the horse needs any medicine at all.

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