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Date Posted: 16:59:42 11/16/06 Thu
Author: Joe
Subject: Baroque/Modern ?
In reply to: Jill 's message, "Equine Affaire, Baroque/Modern body types" on 13:26:55 11/16/06 Thu

Hi Jill,

Glad you enjoyed yourself at the EA, the number of Friesians was pretty much the same as the past few years, a lot of sale horses, and quite a few brought in for exhibit.

>1) Friesian popularity has skyrocketed! I'd never seen
>so many people or horses of that breed in one area.

The EA is the biggest Equine Expo in the country with more than 70,000 attendees at their Mass and Ohio events.

>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.

Ten years ago there were only about 60 farms in the US actively advertising importing/breeding purebreds, with another 40 involved with crossbreeding. I remember the list of crossbreeding stallions was only about 40 horses long in '96, today there are over 400.

>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.

I see this as well, and I'm not sure I am pleased with the change. In my opinion, this change is partly attributed to the "American" desire for a taller horses. Why is it percieved that a 17hh horse is better than a 16hh horse? In my mind the Friesian is and always will be a Baroque horse, not a black TB with feathers.

>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!

Of course we do, been breeding the Baroque Friesian for many years. And for anyone who believes they need to change the Friesian to a long, lanky horse to be competitive in sport the USDF HOY standings reflect that the baroque Friesian can hold it's own quite well, and do it in a 15-2hh 16-2hh frame that still meets the breed standard. Hopefully the Friesian breed will find what the WB breeds have found as well, sport proficiency is not necessarily increased with a horses size, and a larger horse is more prone to structural health issues. I'm with you, lets keep the Friesian horse the same horse we fell in love with.

My 2 cents worth,

Joe

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