The Friesian breed originates from Friesland in the Netherlands. During the middle ages the ancestors of the Friesians were in great demand as war horses throughout Europe. This was due to their size which enabled them to carry a knight in armour. The breeds’ conformation resembles that of a light draft horse although they are very graceful and nimble for their size. The Friesian’s average height is about 15.3 hands, although it may vary from 14.2 to 17 hands at the withers.
Characteristics are a black coat colour and a long thick mane and tail which is often wavy, silky feathers deliberately left untrimmed. There are rarely any white markings on the Friesian and they are known also for their brisk high stepping trot. This is what will really draw your eye as you see the horses coming down the road.
The Friesian is considered a willing, active and energetic horse that is also kind, docile and gentle. They have great presence and carry themselves with elegance. They have powerful overall conformation and good bone structure, long arched necks with well chiselled short eared Spanish type heads, powerful sloping shoulders, compact muscular bodies and strong sloping hindquarters. There limbs are comparatively short and strong. All these combined make the Friesian a popular and great choice for driving, with the strength and stamina to pull and keep going but also the most stunning look and movement to turn people’s heads wherever they go, making them look regal and spectacular.
The Friesian remains popular as a carriage horse due to this power and eye catching movement. This flashy appearance has also made the Friesian popular in the film industry, starring in films such as, The Mask of Zorro, Chronicles of Narnia, Eragon, The hunger games and the re make of Clash of the Titans.
Both the horses have worked commercially since they were trained at a young age and now being in their teens makes it approximately 8 years. They are used to all types of road and traffic having regularly been driven through city centres all over the country, making them immensely safe.