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Date Posted: 12:40:38 12/14/09 Mon
Author: Molly
Subject: Thinking about a Friesian Cross Colt

Hi-
I am new to the forum. Sorry if I offend anyone by considering a Friesian cross. I know that there are purists out there and I do undertand. I would love a purebred, but have not the resources.

So, I found a 75% Friesian/Oldenberg colt who is a coming 2 year old. Growing out of his gawky phase right now. I will be going to see him after the holidays are over.

What are the things I need to consider? Should I have his joints x-rayed? What nutrition info do I need (vets are not real reliable, IMO, I'd rather hear from the "real" experts).

He may be my dream horse- looks like a purebred, but doesn't have quite the action or headset of a purebred. But I can afford him ($3000) and I am looking for a dressage horse. I just lost my 1/2 Arab and we did dressage together but it wasn't her forte (we still did well though). But it wasn't easy for her. A big deal to me is temperament, too. I want a best friend.

I've been told Friesians don't always have "stamina" for working long (fine with me I have 2 kids). Any advice for a newbie? I've never had a "baby" before, either, would send out for training. Luckily, I have a few good trainers in the area. Start slow, gentle, easy- let them grow is what I have heard.

Thanks so much everyone!
Molly

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