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Friesian Horse from Friesland Netherlands

The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland, Netherlands. Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. During the Middle Ages, it is believed that the ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the Early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. In the Late Middle Ages, heavier, draft type animals were needed. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage. The Friesian has powerful overall conformation and good bone structure, with what is sometimes called a "Baroque" body type. Friesians have long, arched necks and well-chiseled, short-eared, "Spanish-type" heads.

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Angels, Gods, Goddesses & Mythology series 1
20" X 30"

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