FAQs



  • Owning a friesian
    If you have a question which is not in this section, please contact us.
  • Do I need to be a member to own a Friesian?

    If you purchase a horse and want to transfer ownership, or breed a horse, you must be a member of the ANZFHS and KFPS. Membership application procedures and forms can be found by selecting the Downloads option.

  • What do I need to know before buying a Friesian?

    You have to decide whether you want to breed Friesian horses or own a Friesian for competition and/or pleasure. You also have to decide how much money you can afford to spend on a horse. If you want to use a Friesian for pleasure and/or competition, you have to assess the horse for soundness and conformation. You might have a vet  examine the horse for health and defects. It is recommended to study the "standard of excellence" for a Friesian.

  • Where can I get a Friesian Horse?

    Friesians are still very rare in Australia and NZ and there is a strong demand. Friesians. They are priced above the average price for a well bred horse.

    The ANZFHS has a list of breeders in Australia and New Zealand. You will find this list on this website. Importing a Friesian from Europe or North America is another option.

    On top of the price for purchase, you will also pay a substantial amount for transport, quarantine and paperwork. The ANZFHS can provide you with advice in regards to selection and importation.

  • About the friesian
    If you have a question which is not in this section, please contact us.
  • How widespread is the breed?

    Considering there were about 500 Friesian registered in the sixties, the breed is now very widespread. 50,000 Friesian are registered with the KFPS in the Netherlands. Close to 20,000 are now found outside the Netherlands, in Europe, North America, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, South Africa and of course Australia and NZ. The KFPS has 14,000 members worldwide. It is the second biggest studbook in the Netherlands.

  • What can they be used for?

    Friesians are very versatile. They have been used over the ages under saddle, for which they were originally bred, as carriage and cart horse and on the land as an agricultural horse. Nowadays they are increasingly used under saddle, and the majority of Friesians are ridden, as well as driven.

    They are used in dressage (modern and classic), combined driving (the driven eventing competition) and showdriving, as well as used for pleasure. They are eager to jump, but would not be suitable as a jumper.

  • How tall are Friesians?

    The height can vary between 150 cm (14.3 hands) and 175 cm (17.1 hands). Approved stallions must be 1.58m at 3 years of age and 1.60m when 4 years old. Mares must be at least 154 cm to be registered in the main studbook. Ster mares must be at least 156 cm.

  • Are they always black?

    They are now, but up to a 100 hundred years ago, there were white, roan and chestnut Friesians horses.

    White is now not acceptable except for a small star on the forehead. The ideal horse is jet black, but very dark black and rusty black is acceptable. A Friesian can become brown if they are sun or sweat bleached. On very rare occasions, a chestnut foal is born.

  • Why do they have the same name as cattle?

    This is because they originated from, and were bred in an area known as Friesland. This area is now a province located in the north of the Netherlands, but before the 12th century was a large area including the North of Europe bordering the North Sea. The cattle were also bred in this area by the same people. The language spoken in this area is very different to Dutch, and is much older than English. This is the reason that Friesian horses often have typically Friesian Names. The Friesian word for  "horse" is "hoarse" or "hynder".

Top