What is it about Friesians that brings out the Fakakta in people?
My husband still wants one "some day." However besides the grooming issues...I'm not thrilled about the idea of a Friesian convincing my husband to dress in tights and flowing capes.
Yep, it's the hair.
My 85 year old mother, who has never owned a horse in her life, would love to own a Friesian. She thinks they are the most beautiful horses in the world. She loves all that hair! I tell her, "For someone who never owned a horse, you sure don't start cheap!" She just laughs. :)
I did not see any fairy dust in that picture.
Hello Mike! My name is Sandra Beaulieu, I am the woman riding the Friesian in the photo that you posted. I just wanted to say thank you for admiring our skills. My best friend Lydia is an incredible rider and dancer, she has competed to Grand Prix and performs as a tribal bellydancer. I am a full time dressage professional (USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist as well as a USDF "L" Graduate) but my greatest passion in life is taking the difficult art of dressage and creating something beautiful that anyone can enjoy. I love my Friesian gelding, he inspires me every day! Please keep an eye out for more photos and you can see some videos on my website www.sandrabeaulieu.com. Thanks again! Have a great day!
I like the attitude of taking it to something that everyone can enjoy! We all (I include myself) tend to get uptight about "this is what dressage is" when in reality, helping expose the masses to dressage, particularly dressage done well, in ways which make it easier for them to enjoy is a huge plus.
That said - we have a Friesian cross, and even with her mane short and feathers clipped she still has an air about her (and enough tail for 5 horses!) that she gets the same kind of oohs and aahs. Hilarious as I'd say she got the lesser talents from both sides of her breeding rather than the best...
Hi Sandra! Thanks for checking in! How about telling us more about what you and your friend are doing in that remarkable photo?