Friesian: The Friesian horse is a breed of horse from Friesland, a province of the Netherlands. A decendant of the primitive forest horse the black horse has influenced several UK breeds such as the Fell and Shire.
The oldenburger was largely founded on this breed. For centuries it was used as the warhorse of choice in Europe, prized for it's endurance and strength.
This breed is probably best known for its black color and luxurious mane, tail, and 'feathers' (long, untrimmed hair on the lower legs) with the average height being about 15.3 hands, although it can be found from 14.2 to 17 hands.
Today you can find the beautiful black horse driven in harness, working in the circus and in the show ring.
The breed has excellent overall conformation, long, elegant, arched necks and fine spanish type heads.
Their well made body is compact, very powerful and ideally suited for carriage work.
For many years a team of friesians were used by Harrods, the prestigious London department store, to make deliveries and for promotional purposes.
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