The Friesian horse, graced with a jet black coat, a big powerful yet elegant frame, and their signature high stepping gait, leave many speechless with their beauty and presence.
Friesian horses originated in Friesland—a province of The Netherlands. The Friesian horse, one of Europe's oldest breeds, was originally imported to North America in the seventeenth century. Ancestors of the Friesians today were used in medieval times to carry knights into battle.
They are very versatile horses and can be used in riding for pleasure and in competition, for dressage, driving for pleasure and in competition and even for light farm work. Because of their color and striking appearance, Friesian horses are also a popular breed in movies and television, particularly in historic and fantasy dramas.
Friesians are an up-headed horse with and expressive face, powerful elastic movement, grace and agility. This breed has powerful overall conformation and solid bone structure, with what is called a "Baroque" body type. They have luxurious thick long manes and tails with hair feathering on their lower legs.
The Friesian is noted for being gentle and docile with a willing temperament as well as a show stopping presence.