While I love to photograph any type of horse, I find myself definitely drawn to Friesian Horses. There is just something about their flowing manes and tails, their gorgeous movement, and the amazing personalities.

History of the Friesian Horse Breed


According the the International Museum of the Horse, the Friesian Horse originated in Friesland which was on of the provinces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Holland).

In the early 1600s, Friesian horses were being imported into what would later becoming the United States of America though the breed was eventually lost in North America due to crossbreeding.

After being reintroduced in 1974, by 1983 the Friesian horse’s popularity in the US had grown enough to support a national association and show.

For a thorough history on the Friesian breed, read this article from the International Museum of the Horse.

Learn More about Friesian Horses


If you would like to learn more about the Friesian horse breed, here are a few resources to get you started:

Friesian horse Association of North America

The Friesian Horse Society

The Friesian Sporthorse Registry

The Friesian Heritage Horse

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