[Sca-cooks] FRIESIANS was Horse Breeding OT

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Dec 22 05:04:57 PST 2009

Actually it's Friesians.

My brother and sister in law own several. She's even been over to see  
the Dutch
stables and farms where the European stallions are housed. Her first  
mare came over
from the Netherlands. These are the sorts of horses that are natural  
for the show ring.
They are big gorgeous animals and extremely photogenic.
It's also a really expensive hobby.

Martha Stewart owns Friesians and her horses have been featured on
her show several times.


On Dec 22, 2009, at 3:05 AM, Patricia Dunham wrote:

> FYI, the gorgeous black horse that Rutger Hauer rides in the movie  
> Ladyhawke is a FRISIAN.  Definitely a medieval breed used by  
> knights. See the Wiki article; the modern Frisian may be a bit  
> lighter, but is the same height, as the medieval strain.
> There is quite an interesting article at Wiki about "Horses in the  
> Middle Ages"; the writers' point being that medieval sources didn't  
> go by what we consider breeds, but by what type of work the animal  
> was doing: destrier, rouncy, palfrey, etc.
> Big discussion about size controversies, too.
> Chimene

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