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Friesian Horse Facts

  • Name: Friesian, Frizian, Frisian
  • Scientific Name: Equus ferus caballus
  • Colors: Black
  • Height: Between 60 and 68 inches
  • Weight: Between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds
  • Lifespan: Up to 16 years

15 Friesian Horse Facts for Kids

  1. Friesian horses are a horse breed that originated from the Netherlands (Friesland) in Western Europe.
  2. Friesian horses are also known as a Frizian or Frisian.
  3. Friesian horses are named after the location where they originated, Friesland, a northern province in the Netherlands.
  4. A purebred Friesian is commonly black, but occasionally they can be chestnut or bay.
  5. The average height of a Friesian horse is between 60 and 68 inches.
  6. The average weight of a Friesian horse is between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds.
  7. The average lifespan of a Friesian horse is between 13 and 17 years.
  8. According to the Dutch Friesch Paarden Stamboek, there are more than 45,000 registered Friesian horses worldwide, with about 8,000 of them registered in North America.
  9. It’s estimated that Friesian horses make up 7% of the horse population in the Netherlands.
  10. The median cost of a Friesian horse that is well-trained and well-bred is about $25,000.
  11. The cost of a qualified or approved Friesian stallion can be over $500,000.
  12. In the Middle Ages the Friesian horse was commonly used by knights in full armor because of their size and strength.
  13. The color, size and appearance of Friesian horses are why they’re popular in movies and television shows.
  14. Even though Friesian horses are very popular there were times throughout history where they almost went extinct.
  15. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest quadrille involved 132 Friesian horses. This record was set on July 5th, 2019 in Mannheim, Germany.

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