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What To Look For When Buying A Friesian

Originating from the province of the Netherlands, the Friesian horse is a beauty to behold.  Graceful and nimble in size these horses where once in great demand for warfare driving them to near extinction.  If you are looking to purchase a Friesian you should take a few things into consideration.

Cross-breeding throughout the years has led to many variations of this graceful beauty but if you are looking for a pure-bred then you should keep a few things in mind.  

If you reside in the US then you are going to want to belong to the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA), and then straight to the Netherlands to register with the KFPS.  All registered horses will either have a tongue tattoo (before the 1999 year period), and more recently the horses were given a microchip.  Some older horses may have to be checked for both.  The tattoo, or the chip must be matched to their passport, and unless you have all of the proper paperwork - the deal should be off right there.

You should determine whether the Friesian is a good horse or not.  commonly those horses coming from a first, second or even 3rd premie studbook will be of better quality.  If it is conceivable for you to attend a training day inspection, you should!  You will be able to gain useful knowledge from the KFPS website to determine what you are acquiring before you make a purchase.  If the Friesian was a premie grade then you should determine if this was recent, as an adult, or when it was a foal.

As with any purchase (that lives and breathes) you'll want to make absolutely positive that your new Friesian is in good health.  Friesian's are not the same cost as taking your pup to the vet - it's very, VERY expensive.

Some items that you should check for include; worms, aortal ruptures, hooves for excessive wear, as well as male castration.  Other areas of concern, would include; mud fever, heel mites, skin conditions and stomach problems.  

Remember when you're buying a Friesian (under the age of 3) they are much different from other breeds, so when somebody tells you that their Friesian is 'saddle' trained, a red flag should go off.  A Friesian may have 'limited' experience with a saddle, since at that age a Friesian is still considered to be a baby.  It should (will) take you a fair amount of time and effort in order to get your new 'baby' where you want them to be regarding saddle riding.

When you purchase a Friesian you want to be certain you are getting the absolute best.  Do not be afraid to ask for a second opinion on the horse's health.  Make sure that you know everything there is to know about the breed and the particular horse before you put down a deposit. Please see; Friesian Sale

Once again buying a Friesian is not like buying any other horse.  The 'average' price is approximately $6,500 and can step up to $125,000, and even up to $1,000,000+.  At these prices it gives a new meaning to the term "doing your homework".

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