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Date Posted: 13:26:55 11/16/06 Thu
Author: Jill
Subject: Equine Affaire, Baroque/Modern body types

Hi again everyone! :)

So I went to the Equine Affaire last weekend - wow, what a spectacular event! The friesians were definately one of the highlights of the show - there were about four rows of stalls in the C-barn filled with geldings, stallions, mares, mares in foal, and colts and fillies - many for sale! I also got to see and pat on the head Ymkje, the first model mare in New England. What a beautiful horse she is - 17 hands! I got chills when I saw her in the breed demonstration.

Anywho, I noticed a couple of things, and wanted to get your guys opinion on this, see if I'm right in my conclusions.
1) Friesian popularity has skyrocketed! I'd never seen so many people or horses of that breed in one area.
2) Due to the popularity, it seems almost every other barn has started breeding this magnificent horses, either pure or crossbred. It also has seemed to (slowly but surely) bring down the prices. There were many horses under 20k, some under 15k or even 10k! 15,000 seems to be the typical price now.
3) Modern body types are taking over! The majority of the horses were extremely tall and thin, with long faces and short manes. They also seemed a little highstrung or even unfriendly! But that may have been due to the atmosphere of the event.

What do you guys think? Modern or baroque? I, personally, am a fan of baroque - short, muscular, with strong necks and thick manes. But nobody seems to breed these anymore!

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