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Date Posted: 14:17:22 08/23/06 Wed
Author: Kelsey
Subject: Yep.
In reply to: Cameron 's message, "tears for beauty" on 09:08:53 08/23/06 Wed

For years I would just stop and stare whenever I saw a Friesian go by. Even driving by on the way into the grounds for the keur or another Frieisian event, it is just breathtaking to see all those black horses practicing in the distance.
I have become somewhat less awestruck when I see a Friesian these days, having spent so much time around them. I find I tend to be more calculating, looking them over for conformational or behavioral faults, where I used to just gape indiscriminately.

And it can be dissapointing to know your awe has been dampened, sometimes I just have to wipe my mind clear of judgements and let myself enjoy watching them.

But when you see the Friesians next to other horses, especially if there are only a handful being ridden among 'regular' horses, that really drives it home.

There are also certain Friesians, one beautiful mare in particular, who was one of the first Friesians I had ever seen in person, that never fail to make me feel completely awestruck and honored to be in their immediate vicinity. I have even ridden this mare a number of times, and accompanied her to many shows, and I can just never get enough of being around her.

The keur, of course, is my favorite event of the year. There is just nothing like it. The horses come out looking spit-shined and at their best. The tall runners are there in their whites, the judges are there in their suits and bowler hats. And then of course the horses are run...there is nothing to compare it to..

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  • That's me too ! -- GC, 19:05:35 08/23/06 Wed

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