A Knight Carrier of note… Friesian horse….

The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland in the Netherlands. Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. It is believed that in the old days ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Their size enabled them to carry a knight in armour.

Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and with a saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage.

At the Kathu horse trials/show/dressage/jumping competition, (I don’t know what to call the two day event) I was introduced to the Friesian horse… the shear size and colour had me running to get near for photos… the horse exudes shear power, yet in the hands of this little lady was as gentle as a moon beam on the skin….


It had the most exquisite gait, and pride seemed to shine in its face…


“Look at me with my Knight in shining armour”…..


“and I do as I’m told… such a gentle nudge will have me perform as she wants…”


I only got photos of this horse warming up… but its performance in the ring was brilliant… his head came up and the chest went out … a total look of pride…. oh what a horse….

52 thoughts on “A Knight Carrier of note… Friesian horse….

  1. I don’t know much about horses, so I enjoyed the background you’ve shared on the Friesian. Such a gorgeous animal. This horse looks like he should be leading a parade. He looks like a leader. 🙂

  2. Clearly you really love animals!
    I have a friend who breeds friesians and they really are beautiful horses. Even just standing in the field, they have a regal air about them.

  3. Morning Bulldog, you have bowled us ALL over with your Friesian horse posting. Viva horses! I Googled this breed and what a wonderful world opened to me. To think these majestic beauties were used as WAR horses…! Lump in my throat truly. Wow Dianne G, I can imagine your treasured memories of your grandfather’s farm boasting this breed. Sheer magic. 🙂

    • Yes I envy Dianne the privilege she had of knowing these horses so well…. it is such a proud horse, the power it exudes and the temperament it showed, had me wanting badly just to give it a big hug…

  4. so beautiful – doesn’t the plaiding of the mane just amaze you – what a job. Beautiful photos Rob – wish we were there to see them too, something majestic about horses, especially on show.

    • I was intrigued with all the horses hair dos and body markings… a friend who is a breeder, trainer and is going to the Olympics was preparing one of his horses for the show… I couldn’t believe the patterns he can produce on a horses rump with a damp brush…

  5. Oh my goodness Bulldog sheer magnificence and pride captured in your awesome photos. I personally would name this animal of perfection
    KNIGHT. As magnificent as Steven Spielberg’s WAR HORSE. Would love to watch him in his dressage routine. Sigh. 🙂

  6. That is one black beauty! Some horses are just meant to perform. They seem to love the crowd and “play” to the audience. I know, because I’ve seen them do it. They’re just like people in that respect!

  7. What a magnificent horse and so sturdy! No wonder they can carry a knight in armour. Wow! I would also prefer a ‘knight’ like that Rob. What a beauty! I love the way they braid their mane hair. It’s just beautiful! Amazing and stunning captures of this gorgeous beauty Rob. Thanks for sharing. 😀

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