Equis ISSN 2398-2977


Contributor(s): Bob Langrish, Vetstream Ltd


  • Warmblood.


  • Friesian   Friesian  .

General information

  • The origin of this horse lies in Friesland, in Holland.
  • It is one of the oldest European breeds.
  • The horse was threatened with extinction in World War I and II.
  • A rare breed.
  • Popular as a show horse.
  • Has a characteristic fast, high trot.
  • Friendly and gentle in nature.
  • Calm and willing.
  • Hardworking.


Principal uses

  • Driving.
  • Riding.
  • All-round workhorse.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Boerma S, Back W & Sloet van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan M M (2012) The Friesian horse breed: A clinical challenge to the equine veterinarian? Equine Vet Educ 24 (2), 66-71.
  • de Graaf-Roelfsema E, Back W, Keizer H A, Stout T A E & van der Kolk J H (2009)Normal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary growth axis in three dwarf Friesian foals. Vet Rec 165 (13), 373-376 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • Het Friesch Paarden-Stamboek, Landbouwhuis, Willemskade 11, Postbus 613, 8901 BK Leeuwarden, Netherlands.