Today’s Horse Facts: The Friesian
I wonder how many non-horse admirers even know that there is a gorgeous breed of equines known as Friesians. I am quite sure that you, as a horse lover, know all about Friesians and would probably love to own one. Maybe you do own one. If you do, you are quite fortunate to have a horse from this very special breed.
Let’s see how well you know the Friesian. Here is your ten-question T/F quiz:
- The Friesian is a breed that served knights during the Middle Ages.
- It’s one of Europe’s oldest breeds, originating in the Netherlands.
- The Friesian Horse Assoc. of N. America was formed in the 1920s.
- There are about 15,000 registered Friesians in N. America.
- This draft-type horse is used mostly for driving and shown in carriage classes.
- A registered Friesian can be black or brown.
- Friesians are powerful animals usually 15 to 17 hands tall.
- Friesians have “feathered” feet that are not shaven to show.
- This breed is sometimes known as Netherlands Blacks.
- This breed has a calm, steady, and gentle personality.
Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:
- F The Friesian Horse Assoc. of N. America wasn’t formed until 1984.
- F There are about 8,000 registered Friesians in N. America.
- F Friesians are shown in dressage, driving, saddle seat, western pleasure, and even jumping.
- F Registered Friesians must be black with only a star of white allowed on their forehead.
- F They are known as Belgian Blacks.
How did you do with today’s quiz? Do you know all about Friesians? Have you ever ridden a Friesian? Have you ever owned one? Wow! I’d love to just touch one! I’ve never been close to a Friesian. Aren’t they gorgeous?
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Next time, we’ll take a ride on a Welsh Mountain Pony.
P.S. Christmas is right around the corner. If you don’t have all 10 of my horse books, do you think it’s a good time to ask your parents now?