Maybe you have never heard of a Friesian horse, but once you’ve seen one, it’s doubtful you will ever forget the breed’s beauty, grace and size. In 2016, the Friesian stallion, named Frederik the Great, was named the world’s most handsome horse. In a few gallops, it’s easy to see why.
The Friesian breed originates from Friesland, a province in the Netherlands. Starting out as a draft horse to work on farms, the breed’s size and noble appearance made them popular during the Middle Ages, when knights wearing full armor were no hardships for the horses to carry on their backs. Although there have been close calls as to the breed’s extinction, the Friesian has made a popular comeback; the breed excels in both dressage and driving.
Frederik lives in the Ozarks at Pinnacle Friesians in Arkansas. Frederik is a 15-year-old, award-winning dressage horse with his own YouTube channel and a Facebook page with more than 86,000 followers. He is an impressively handsome, well-muscled stallion with a jet-black, curly mane that almost reaches the ground. His breeder, Stacy Nazario takes pride in the breeding of purebred Friesians. No denials from here that Frederik’s presence is indeed breathtaking.
(Photos and video via Facebook)
Take a few minutes and watch Frederik’s video:
Posted by Frederik the Great on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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