The Quarter Horse and other breeds noted for their “cow sense” inherited this ability from their Andalusian ancestors. In the valley of Guadalquivir River, Spanish cowboys have long used their Andalusian horses in handling the bulls, considered exceedingly temperamental stock.
A skilled bullfighter on horseback, called a resonator fights a too bravo (fierce bull) in a spectacular display which combines intricate high school movements with curving dashes, coming with in inches of the dangerous horns. Besides agility and strength, this horse has always had a regal carriage and high step fit for any king or knight.
According to traditional fables, the Spanish horse was bred by Zephyr, the golden or gentle west wind. Breeds were spawned by the spread of this horse from the lukewarm waters of the Bets River (now called Guadalquivir) to the frozen banks of the Volga.
One of the most famous chargers of old was the Frisian breed developed when Andalusian's were taken into Holland during the Crusades and crossed with the native Friesland horses. The aesthetics of pure Spanish blood stand out because of this breed’s incomparable elegance, harmony and distinction.
Famous for their fire and elegance combined with the majestic peacefulness, great endurance and liveliness, Andalusian's are a perfect example of controlled power. It was the Andalusian that gave the Lipizzaner breed its great strength and high school ability.
Still used in Spain today as a bullfighting horses they carry their riders with unimaginable grace and quickness, yet they can easily excel in any discipline you choose. From high levels of Dressage to Western from Jumping to Working ranch horse.
Crossing with an Andalusian can improve, athletic ability, disposition, intelligence, movement, size, bone and hooves. Today there are many Andalusian crosses and some that have developed into recognized new breeds of their own such as the American Aztec, War lander, Spanish Norman, Iberian Warm blood and Hispano Arab.
The Andalusian is well-built; a finely sculptured head with straight or subconvex profile; mobile ears; vivacious eyes with a quiet and kind expression; elegant arched neck with a well-developed crest and a long, profuse and often wavy mane and tail. It has well-defined withers and a strong back; well-developed chest and rounded quarters with a low tail-set; long sloping shoulders; strong legs with ample bone, broad flexible joints; and the hoof is well-formed, sound and iron hard.
Words cannot adequately convey how wonderful their disposition, willingness and talents really are but their owners will tell you ! They are highly intelligent and sensitive, easily trained, always responsive and expressive and extremely versatile.
Excerpts from: International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds By Bonnie L. Hendricks, Anthony A. Dent pages 28-33 Come and enjoy a wonderful day with all your family in the Finch El Caetano: At 18:00 A great equestrian show led by Salvador Sanchez with more than 15 spectacular Cartujanos horses in more than 6 numbers: High school dressage, Amazon, sevillanas and Algeria between horse and Barbara, a cobra (handling of mares linked to each other), tandem, dome vaquero with Garcia etc. Then free time: we can visit the stables, take pictures with riders and horses, caress them, touch them.
The great facilities of El Caetano and the treatment given to the animals make them very balanced and their behavior is very calm even surrounded by people. A dinner with homemade ingredients and barbecue, ice cream and wines or soft drinks will be served.
ColourBlackDistinguishing featuresBlack, powerfully muscled, agile with elegant action, thick mane and tail, feather on lower legs. Breed standards The Frisian breed is most often recognized by its black coat color, however, color alone is not the only distinguishing characteristic; Frisians are occasionally chestnut as some bloodlines do carry the “red” ('e”) gene. Frisians rarely have white markings of any kind; most registries allow only a small star on the forehead for purebred registration.
To be accepted as breeding stock by the FPS studbook (Fries ch Paar den Stable), a stallion must pass a rigorous approval process. The breed has powerful overall conformation and good bone structure, with what is sometimes called a Baroque body type.
The chestnut color is generally not accepted for registration for stallions, though it is sometimes allowed for mares and geldings. However, discoloration from old injuries or a black coat with fading from the sun is not penalized.
The Fries ch Paar den Stable began to attempt breeding out the chestnut color in 1990, and today stallions with genetic testing indicating the presence of the chestnut or “red” gene, even if heterozygous and masked by black color, are not allowed registration with the FPS. The American Frisian Association, which is not affiliated to the Fps, allows horses with white markings and/or chestnut color to be registered if purebred parentage can be proven.
There are four genetic disorders acknowledged by the industry that may affect horses of Frisian breeding: dwarfism, hydrocephalus, a tendency for aortic rupture, and mega esophagus. The Frisian is also among several breeds that may develop equine polysaccharide storage myopathy.
Approximately 0.25% of Frisians are affected by dwarfism, which results in horses with a normal-sized head, a broader chest than normal, an abnormally long back and very short limbs. Additionally, the breed has a higher-than-usual rate of digestive system disorders, and a greater tendency to have insect bite hypersensitivity.
Frisian mares have a very high 54% rate of retained placenta after foaling. Some normal-sized Frisians also have a propensity toward tendon and ligament laxity which may or may not be associated with dwarfism.
The relatively small gene pool and inbreeding are thought to be factors behind most of these disorders. The Frisian originates in the province of Friesland in the northern Netherlands, where there is evidence of thousands of years of horse populations.
Statue honoring the 100th anniversary of the modern Frisian studbooks far back in history as the 4th century there are mentions of Frisian troops which rode their own horses. One of the most well-known sources of this was by an English writer named Anthony Dent who wrote about the Frisian mounted troops in Carlisle.
Dent, amongst others, wrote that the Frisian horse was the ancestor of both the British Shire, and the Fell pony. Many of the illustrations found depict knights riding horses which resembled the breed, with one of the most famous examples being William the Conqueror.
These ancestors of the modern Frisians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle. In the 12th and 13th centuries, some eastern horses of crusaders were mated with Frisian stock.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, when the Netherlands were briefly linked with Spain, there was less demand for heavy war horses, as battle arms changed and became lighter. The Emperor Charles (reigned 1516 -56) continued Spanish expansion into the Netherlands, which had its Frisian warhorse, noted by Genius and used on the continent and in Britain in Roman times.
Even with infusions of Spanish blood during the sixteenth century, it retained its indigenous characteristics, taking the best from both breeds. The Frisian is mentioned in 16th and 17th century works as a courageous horse eminently suitable for war, lacking the volatility of some breeds or the phlegm of very heavy ones.
Generally black, the Frisian was around 15hh with strong, Bobby conformation, but with a deal more elegance and quality. The noted gait was a smooth trot coming from powerful quarters.
The Frisian may have been used as foundation stock for such breeds as the Dole Gudbrandsdal, the Norfolk Trotter (ancestor of the Hackney), and the Morgan. In the 1800s, the Frisian was bred to be lighter and faster for trotting, but this led to what some owners and breeders regarded as inferior stock, so a movement to return to pure blood stock took place at the end of the 19th century.
Frisian horses are sometimes referred to as “Belgian Blacks”A studbook society was founded in 1879 by Frisian farmers and landowners who had gathered to found the Fries Dundee Stable (FRS) The Paardenstamboek (“horse stud book”) was published in 1880 and initially registered both Frisian horses and a group of heavy warm blood breeds, including Ostfriesen and Alt-Oldenburgers, collectively known as “Bovenlanders”. At the time, the Frisian horse was declining in numbers, and was being replaced by the more fashionable Bovenlanders, both directly, and by crossbreeding Bovenlander stallions on Frisian mares.
This had already virtually exterminated the pure Frisian in significant parts of the province in 1879, which made the inclusion of Bovenlanders necessary. While the work of the society led to a revival of the breed in the late 19th century, it also resulted in the sale and disappearance of many of the best stallions from the breeding area, and Frisian horse populations dwindled.
Therefore, in 1906, the two parts of the registry were joined, and the studbook was renamed the Fries ch Paar den Stable (FPS) in 1907.” The last draft function performed by Frisians on a significant scale was on farms that raised dairy cattle.
As use in agricultural pursuits declined, the Frisian became popular for recreational uses. The Frisian horse today is used both in harness and under saddle, particularly in the discipline of dressage.
In harness, they are used for competitive and recreational driving, both singly and in teams. A traditional carriage seen in some events designed for Frisian horses is a high-wheeled cart called a sees.
Frisians are also used in ventures such as pulling vintage carriages at assorted ceremonial events. Because of their color and striking appearance, Frisian horses are a popular breed in movies and television, particularly in historic and fantasy dramas.
A. Using ^ Frieze stamhengsten deal I, E. Dijkstra (citation from Dr. Courts) ^ “The Frisian Horse, a time-honoured utility breed”. ^ Houma (1988) He Frieze Paar, p 25 ^ a b c History of the Frisian Horse.