Friesian Horse Club

@FayeHazel (19039)
United States
March 6, 2018 1:28pm CST
I was inspired by T R's @TRBRocks420 post on draft horses, so I thought I would share this story with you. When I was a kid all the way into my teens - I was very into horses. Of course, after we moved to the country I pestered my parents for a horse. I never got one, but they did try to do the next best thing - that was riding lessons. Some lessons were good, some were too technical since I didn't plan on actually showing horses or competing - I just wanted to ride. Some lessons were far too dull, I recall one lesson where I was asked to walk or trot the horse in a circle for a half hour. I was always trying to think up new ways to get involved with horses. So, one day I read about a stable specializing in Friesian horses opening nearby. They were going to be starting a club. I actually called about this. I listened to the sales pitch. It sounded perfect. You would join for a yearly fee. Your membership meant that you would be paired up with 1 horse in particular. You would "Share" this horse with other members and you would receive a schedule of when you could come out and ride. Not only that but you were expected to do so many chores, you could come out just to visit the horse, etc. Equipment was provided as was feed. Also there would be social events with the other members - campfires, camping, trail rides... All this... for only $5,000 a year. Obviously the price held me back. It was a great idea, one I would have loved to participate in - but too expensive. Here's a video about Friesian Horses:
20 Interesting Facts About Friesian Horses You Probably Never Knew 1 - Friesian horses are named after their origination province 2 - It is an ancient breed ...
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar
Interesting link thanks. You often see a Friesian as the 'horse of choice' in movies as they are very stylish and eye-catching.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
So true, I heard somewhere that the breed is usually used as the "knight's" horse in a movie that calls for it
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@JudyEv (130093)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Mar
@FayeHazel They're very impressive clumping along with a knight on their back and maybe a very fair maiden sitting behind.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
8 Mar
@JudyEv Ah yes, and being the majestic size they are I imagine it is no extra burden for them, 2 people riding :-)
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@Kandae11 (40217)
6 Mar
It is rather pricey. Could you buy a horse for that price?
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
True! I think I could easily have gotten a horse of my own for that price. (Maybe not a Friesian - not sure, think they're quite expensive) but - a different horse for many times less.
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@Corbin5 (112869)
• United States
6 Mar
That is a hefty price!! Such a great experience, but I doubt many could afford the $5,000 a year.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
So true... over $400 x month. Great idea. Pity they couldn't have made it happen for less.
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Mar
The price would hold me back too. It's great you learned to ride. I always wanted to, but never had the opportunity.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
Thanks, I do think back with fondness. I hope you get the chance some time
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@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Mar
@FayeHazel I'm a bit past the time for me to go horseback riding.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
8 Mar
@just4him Hmm, maybe a nice carriage ride or something? To be honest I wonder how comfortable I would feel if I returned to riding
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@shaggin (37305)
• United States
8 Mar
Wow those horses are gorgeous I can see why you wanted to be in that club but yikes that cost is extremely expensive.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
8 Mar
So pretty, I think they're often used in movies with Knights and castles. Though I wonder if that's why the club was so expensive - because the breed of horse costs a lot
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@shaggin (37305)
• United States
9 Mar
@FayeHazel could be. Horses are probably an expensive animal to own as well between vet visits and special diets etc
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
9 Mar
@shaggin Ah yes, here at least, I know you're required to get so many shots per year. Also finding a person to take care of their hooves
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
7 Mar
I wanted to ride as a child but it was too expensive.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
Aw, I hope you get the chance now
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
7 Mar
@FayeHazel Too old now lol.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
8 Mar
@Gillygirl Ah, perhaps a nice carriage ride or something now?
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@Hannihar (40014)
11 Mar
That price would hold me back too. It is too bad. So, are you still into horses?
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
11 Mar
That was pretty high. I wondered what became of the place so I tried looking it up online - found no trace of the stable any more. Ah, I still love horses - but not real into it any more. Though when there is not much opportunity to interact with them
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@Hannihar (40014)
11 Mar
@FayeHazel I unerstand Faye.
@UncleJoe (10617)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
10 Mar
Those are beautiful horses but somebody should breed them to have shaggier coats so they wouldn't be Friesian anymore. In fact, that would keep them quite warm.
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@DianneN (81921)
• United States
7 Mar
Our neighbors had horses, so he'd let us ride for free. That sounds like a large outlay of cash. Sorry you couldn't do it.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
Oh what a nice neighbor to have. :-) SO true - it was a great idea, but priced a bit too high, at least for me. I often wonder what became of the stable. I tried looking for them awhile back but couldnt find it
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@TRBRocks420 (81010)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Mar
Very beautiful horses and, interesting information.
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@FayeHazel (19039)
• United States
7 Mar
They are really amazing. Before watching the video I didn't know they were considered to be that rare
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Mar
My parents would've seen that price tag and said hell no!