The Friesian is one of the oldest horse breeds in Europe. It has a silky, flowing mane and a very nice, long tail. From the cool, northern Friesland comes a horse that is as noble as the fiery Andalusian. In fact, the Friesian is a cross between the Dutch cold-blooded and the purebred Spanish horses. The horse likes to keep its head proud and high. It also lifts its knees particularly high during its sweeping movements, which looks extremely elegant. Therefore, it is especially popular as a dressage horse. Friesians are bred as black horses, but the foals are always brown at birth. Their fur turns black only in the course of the years.