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Monthly Archives: August 2011


New Non-Profit Organization dedicated to Friesian Health

“The Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses is a not for profit corporation created to preserve and enhance the longevity and quality of life of Friesian horses by accruing pertinent equine, more specifically Friesian, information to educate the public and offering assistance regarding Friesian horses and their owners throughout North America.”
A very exciting new organization and […]

August 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Tsjerk 328 Preferent, passes away at age 21

Approved stallion Tsjerk 328 Preferent (Feitse 293 x Nanne) passed away yesterday in the Netherlands at the age of 21. He leaves two permanently approved sons, Maiko 373 and Andries 415, as well as more recently, Hinne 427, Loadewyk 431, Norbert 442 and Michel 444. FHANA states:
“Tsjerk 328, not only are his breeding values for […]

August 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Uldrik 457 Champion of 2011 Stallion Show

Uldrik 457 (Dries 421 x Tsjerk 328) has become the Champion of the 2011 Stallion Show in Leeuwarden for the second year running! Udrik’s grandsire, Jasper 322 recently became one of the youngest stallions ever to receive the prestigious Preferent predicate. Reserve Champion went to Tsjalle 454 (Mintse 384 x Brandus 345). Other stallion finalists included: Andries […]

August 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Five Stallions at US Central Examination

The United States Central Examination has begun, with five young stallions currently being evaluated at the DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, CA. This is the fourth year a Central Exam has been held in the United States for North American bred stallions who have passed the first round of judging. Participants include: Toby fan Bonny […]

August 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Sun bleaching

All Friesians (excepting the rare chestnut) are black, a commonly known fact. But not all blacks are created equal. Friesians actually come in a variety of shades of black, ranging from true blue-black to essentially a very dark black brown or bay.
August 2nd, 2011|Care & Health|2 Comments

Locking Stifles

Locking stifles or the upward fixation of the patella is often seen in the Friesian breed, sometimes simply as a short term problem in young growing horses, and sometimes as a chronic problem, especially in horses whose hind legs are very straight and stifles upright. The stifle joint itself is a very complicated body part, the equine […]

August 2nd, 2011|Care & Health|0 Comments


Also known as pastern dermatitis and grease heel, scratches is a skin irritation commonly associated with draft horses and other breeds with long feathers, though it may also occur in those with very little fetlock hair as well. It occurs most commonly as scabs on the back of the pastern and fetlock joints, and occasionally […]

August 2nd, 2011|Care & Health|9 Comments

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

OCD is a degenerative joint disease ( a type of developmental orthopaedic disease or DOD) usually found in young, rapidly growing horses who will eventually mature to over 15 hands. As may be expected, Friesians can be prone to the disease, simply due to their size. OCD occurs when cartilage at the end of growing […]

August 2nd, 2011|Care & Health|1 Comment


Dwarfism, while certainly not to be described as common in the Friesian breed, is somewhat present. The condition itself is most commonly associated with miniature horses, but does occur more rarely in the larger breeds.

There are two types of dwarfism: achondrodystrophic, which is generally a normally proportioned body with extremely short legs and ears; and […]

August 2nd, 2011|Care & Health|0 Comments

Chestnut Factor

The chestnut factor refers to the occasional birth of chestnut Friesian foals (also referred to in recent years as fox friesians).
August 2nd, 2011|Care & Health|0 Comments
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