I am looking at a friesian/paint cross to purchase for lower level dressage. He is 12 coming 13 with no relevant medical history. After doing my research, I’ve noticed that the friesian horses have a low life expectancy. Is this still true today, or has the breed improved over the years? Would the fact that he is a crossbreed rather than pure friesian potentially help him with longevity? I am a long time horse owner but admittedly quite ignorant to breed specific health topics and concerns. He’s a lovely boy with above average movement and willingness to try anything. He’s priced at 22k, so while not a top dollar horse, he’s not “cheap” either. I know that there are MANY factors that will have an impact on a horse’s lifespan, so I’m just looking for general information.
I can’t help you, but be patient. There are several members here who have longtime experience breeding Friesians and Friesian crossbreds.
I am trying to remember their screen names with no success, but perhaps they’ll show up in time.
I’m not an expert, but my gelding’s full Friesian sire is still pulling wedding carriages in his mid 20s
$22k for a Paint x Friesian who’s already 12, with average movement, is kinda of insane IMHO. What makes him worth $22k to you?
Does he look more Friesian or more Paint? Is he 50/50?
Yes, being a cross does reduce the Friesian issues, but in the end it’s all about the individual.
Hi! Thanks for your feedback. He’s been shown through second level dressage and schooling third. He probably has the best brain of any horse I’ve ridden- will pack a kid around, etc. Horse prices are sky high right now. I’ve been searching for something for months and realized the market is just so different than it was a few years ago. I would say he looks half friesian, half paint and yes, he is 50/50. Friesian face, some feathers, thick mane/tail, thick neck. His markings are that of a paint, though (b&w). He’s about 16.1 and thicker than your typical friesian if that makes sense.
Cool, thanks. $ aside, which is totally up to you for his worth, he sounds like a nice horse.
I’ve owned and ridden several crosses throughout the years and I personally haven’t found the crosses to have quite as many issues as the purebreds. That said, anything involving horses can go wrong at anytime and insurance can go a long way when making an investment;). Regardless of the breed, a good horse/match is always a valuable investment. My current youngster couldn’t be pried out of my hands for that $, I’ve been offered it recently. Best of luck! The Friesian crosses are one of my favorites. As with any horse, you have to buy the individual.