Rodolfo Minaya, Founder of  Rancho Reposo

In Rancho Reposo, the Friesian horses represent more than one breed; they are our greatest and most wonderful source of inspiration and pride." - "The Friesian horse captivates our gaze during jogging because of its imposing majesty and its high play of the knee and head.

                                          Our Friesian Horses

 

" In Rancho Reposo we have a real team of Frisian horses, which we have brought from some European countries and that have gone through a rigorous selection process. Our magnificent initial group of horses arrived in the United States in 2019. Once here they went through a careful process of adaptation and are subject to a VIP care and maintenance program. The Friesian (in Dutch Fries, in English Frisian or Friesian) is a breed of horse from the Friesland region of the Netherlands. They are characterized by having very thick and abundant tail and neck mane; sometimes they can be both braided or somewhat wavy. Of the head it emphasizes that it is quite long and is provided with small ears, which are always upright and elegant, characteristics of its great docility and excellent temperament. As for the character, they are very quiet and have a lot of presence, so they make it a perfect animal for the carriage of tools or carriages. It has also been employed in the circus as a result of his black fur, majesty and impressive size. Formerly it was the warhorse of the Germans, which has been improving through various crossings, especially with Andalusian horses. The countries where the Friesian horse is most appreciated are Holland and Belgium. Friesian horses are always black like jet or, in some cases, dark brown. No stains are allowed, with a great abundance of leg hair. They measure from 1.65 m to 1.75 m to the cross. The Friesian horse can be seen frequently in equestrian exhibitions, among the coves of a Friesian buggy, the tradition is distinguished and a magnificent reputation as a learning horse in higher riding schools. It is usually used in classical dressage competitions, due to its imposing appearance and movement, in addition to its great agility and learning facilities in dances that can be taught.

The history of the Friesian horse

 In the north of the Netherlands and Germany is Friesland. The history of Friesland was marked by two adverse situations: the sea water and the counts of Holland, who repeatedly wanted to add the Frisian lands to their possessions, without any success, since their inhabitants were never willing to bend and surrender. The inhabitants of Friesland were strong, blond, blue-eyed men, a town of navigators, pirates and looters as well as merchants, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the breeding of native breeds of dogs (the Stabij and the Wetterhoun), of sheep, of the famous white and black cape cattle and their horses. The history of the Frisian horse farming is fascinating and can only be understood by knowing the strong character of the inhabitants of Friesland, who remained faithful to their breed of horses during very difficult times, while other native breeds, in several of the other provinces, were lost because of the impulsive and disorderly crossing, even with specimens foreign to their blood. This is how this ancient Friesian horse race is the only one of Dutch origin, native and still surviving. Despite the years, the Frisian horse has kept the same morphology. There are certain aspects that are difficult to describe but have to do with nobility, pride and cheer or appearance. Its most important features are the dark eyes with an endearing look, the erect neck, the thick and long black mane, as well as the wavy tail and the abundant hair in the sides of its legs. The black color represents the most predominant feature of the breed. The only white detail that is admitted is on the forehead and preferably of a very small size. The head should not be long or large, but denote nobility and expression; the ears, medium in size with their tips slightly inward. The erect neck should be long enough, without showing an over mass or be excessive. The elevation to the cross must be between l.58 and l.65 m to be considered appropriate. The rump is preferred somewhat tall and long enough. The limbs are of great importance, must be properly balanced and shaped, be resistant and without failures. In recent times, the livestock of the Friesian horse has focused great attention on the quality of the movement or the air. It is important that the Friesian horse have a good, wide and elastic step, as well as an elevated trot that also covers enough ground. In recent times, the cattle raising of the Frisian horse has focused great attention on the quality of movement or airs. It is important that the Frisian horse have a good, wide and elastic pace, as well as a high trot that also covers enough ground. The most recent stage in the history of Friesian shows what man can do, when he decides to act for his own benefit. Friesian horses are bred today in most Western European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria, as well as in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Japan.