The Friesian can have it's ancestors traced back to the Equus Robustus, a prehistoric horse horse that lived in the Netherlands at the ice age period. During the 16th and 17th century, Andalusians were bred with descendants of this early horse. This resulted Friesian breed. It was bred in Friesland, which is a province in the Netherlands. It was first developed as a work horse. In the Middle ages, Friesians travelled to European countries and knights used them as war horses. Friesians have been bred pure for centuries. The Friesian government has made many laws for good breeding of Friesian horses. By reading past records of Friesian breeding, we have learned that in days of old the Friesian horses were famous, even praised as early as the 16 century! On one occasion, during the 20th century, the Friesian almost became extinct. But rationing of fuel in World War II made people turn to Friesians as means of transportation. It is very, very, rare but occasionally a chestnut friesian is born.
The chestnut friesian comes from:
The black friesian is compliments of: