Arguably one of the most handsome horse breeds, Friesian Horses are relatively uncommon within the United States, even though they are well known for their athleticism in events such as dressage. Majestic, regal and powerful, Friesians have certainly made their mark on the horse world.

Check out these fun and informative facts to help you understand this breed better!

Photo courtesy of

1) Friesians have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years:

This breed of horse has been around since ancient times, reportedly making an entrance into the world before the 1200s.

Photo courtesy of

2) The first Friesian horses made their way to the United States during the 1600s:

Friesian horses were brought to the United States before it was officially even a country! This breed was used to assist settlers in their agricultural pursuits.

Photo courtesy of

3) Friesians are popular to use in movies:

Due to their impressive stature, beautiful appearance and scene stealing personalities, Friesians have become a staple in many Hollywood blockbusters, such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Alexander.

Photo courtesy of

4) Not every Friesian is pure black:

Quoted from the Friesian Horse Association of North America, “The only color a studbook-registered Friesian comes in is black, however this may range from very dark brown or black-bay to true black.” As one can see, while most Friesians are black, there are some slight variations in color.

Photo courtesy of

5) Friesians have their own special cart they pull:

Known as a popular carriage horse, this breed has their own special cart they pull called the Friesian Sjees.

For more information about Friesian horses, please click here.