Hi Horse Pals ~
Great guesses for our next horse breed ... it's the Friesian, one of my favorite breeds!! I had so much fun finding the gorgeous photos that follow. Enjoy!
Fact #1: So, I thought I'd make the first fact about the Friesian's color ... it's always black! And very beautiful, I must say! Friesian horses are sometimes referred to as Belgian Blacks.
Fact #2: The Friesian is one of Europe's oldest horses and hails from Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. It has had an influence on a number of other breeds, specifically the Oldenburg and Fell and Dales ponies.
Fact #3: Color alone is not the only distinguishing characteristic of the Friesian. They also have a long, thick mane and tail, and "feathers"--long, silky hair on the lower legs, deliberately left untrimmed.
Fact #4: The Friesian's average height is 15.3 but they can vary between 14.2 and 17 hands.
Fact #5: Ancestors of the modern Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle.
Another fun fact!: Due to its flashy appearance, the Friesian has become popular in the film industry. Films such as Eragon, The Mask of Zorro, Alexander, The Chronicles of Narnia and 300 have all featured Friesian horses.
Okay, Horse Pals, let us know what horse you'd like us to feature next and we'll pick one from the suggestions. We look forward to your picks!
@raya and Avery