Find out just what makes the Friesian so special.

Friesian horses are popular carriage and dressage horses, with their shiny black coats, thick flowing manes and tails, and calm personalities. Our Friesians, TJ, Little Man, Reno and Brono came to us all the way from Holland and their relaxed temperaments make them a joy to look after. We've compiled together a list of some of the most interesting facts about Friesians, so you can find them just as wonderful as we do.

Friesians are named after the province they originate from.

Friesian horses originate from Friesland, a province in the north of The Netherlands by the North Sea. Less than 4% of the population of The Netherlands live in Friesland, and this agricultural region is known for its horses and cattle, of the same name.

Friesians are an old breed.

There are records showing that Friesian horses have been around for at least 1,000 years, with documents listing their qualities even then! In the mid-1500s, King Louis II of Hungary is said to have ridden a Friesian into battle and Friesian horses were popular warhorses for the medieval knights and nobility.

Friesian horses are usually black, but not always.

Most people think of pure black horses when they think of Friesians, but they can also be bay or chestnut. Colours other than black aren't registered, except occasional mares or geldings who otherwise have exceptional confirmation.

Bay and chestnut Friesians are called fire horses.

There is a separate registry for chestnut Friesian stallions, mares and geldings. Horses in this registry are called Fire Friesians and the Friesian Heritage Horse and Sporthorse International Registry maintains it.

Friesian horses are a common sight in films.

Their dramatic looks, easy ability to learn and calm nature make Friesians a popular choice for film and TV. 300M Alexander, The Mask of Zorro and The Chronicles of Narnia all feature Friesian horses and few can deny that they look amazing on camera.

For more information about our lovely Friesian horses and our horse and carriage hire, don't hesitate to contact us natasha@acorncarriagehire.com or call 01795 890028.

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