The first time I saw a Friesian horse I was visiting the home of a new friend who had just moved into town. I grew up around horses so I was very used to them but her horses were something I had never seen before. They were as black as night and they looked like they had just stepped out of a fairy tale. They were Friesian Horses. If you have ever had the chance to see one in person they are quite a visual treat. It also begs the question, how much do they cost?
General Information on Friesian Horses
Friesian horses are native to Friesland, Holland a province located in the Netherlands. Early they were bay or grey in color. But due to breeding practices they only come in one recognized color black. That color is qualified by 3 recognized shades. Also, with the occasional exception of a star facial marking located on the forehead of the horse.
This breed was reintroduced into North America in 1974. Following a period of time when they were crossbred with other breeds causing North American Friesians to lose their pureblood. There are currently only about 8,000 Friesians in North America.
They are generally used in horse show competitions (because who would not want to show them off), dressage and driving pleasure. Though they are not bred for their jumping ability, you may occasionally see an owner choose to jump their Friesian.
What is the Friesian Horse Price and Ongoing Costs
The cost of purchasing one varies greatly depending on the type of horse you buy. Currently, purebred, pedigree Friesians will set you back anywhere between $7,000 for a yearling to $600,000 for a stallion that has qualifying offspring. This price point is for horses that don’t meet the high breeding qualifications set by the Dutch Friesch Paarden Stamboek.
Ongoing costs for Friesians are much the same as any other horse. They require diets of grasses, hays, and grains. Occasionally they may require supplements at the discretion of your veterinarian. They will also require regular veterinarian, farrier visits.
Factors Affecting Friesian Horse Cost
A lot goes into the purchase price of a Friesian. The Dutch Friesch Paarden Stamboek (aka the KFPS) is the authority on the Friesian pedigree. They are looking to have their pedigree recognized. And their fitness for participation in breeding programs are inspected by the KFPS twice in their lives. Friesian foals looking for KFPS accreditation are entered into a Foal Book until they are reevaluated in adulthood (aged 3 years or older).
During the adulthood evaluation, a horse may earn “premium” or “premie” status they are entered into a Studbook. This premium status’ can be found on the horse’s registration certificate. For more on Friesian horses and their accreditation form the KFPS you can check out the Friesian Horse Association of North America’s website.
On average they live for about 16 years, which is less than the general average life expectancy of other breeds. Training for your Friesian depends on how you plan to spend time with your four-legged beauty. Buying a pedigree horse that is already trained with 1-3 years will run you on average $25,000-$30,000 per horse.
Friesian horses are a majestic, well-regulated breed. Factors affecting the cost of a Friesian horse depends on what you plan to use your Friesian for. Primarily whether or not pedigree and breeding ability is important to you. If you have any questions, comments, feel free to comment below.
-Costs of a Friesian Horse depends greatly on the breeding quality of the horse.
-Friesians are loyal, calm and willing companions. They are great competitors of horse shows, dressage, pleasure driving and jumping.
-The life expectancy of a Friesian is about half that of other horse breeds-approximately 16 years.