My main riding horse for the last decade was a beautiful Friesian mare. She passed away this past summer. Although I have other horses, that mare left a big hole in my heart.
Friesians are amazing horses. Sure, they are beautiful, but they are soulmates. My mare was sassy but she had a heart of gold. We did everything together and I knew what ever crazy thing I wanted to try, my mare would give it her all. She had amazing heart.
Something I learned about Friesians is that they are brave and loyal. She was definitely my girl. She had a special nicker that was for me. It probably meant “Hey, hurry up with the food lady!” but I recognized that nicker and it always brought a smile to my face. I remember once at a clinic in a strange barn, I had tied her up to a fence while I ran back to the trailer for something. My friend said my horse stood there staring at the door and calling until I re-appeared. I was “her” person.
My mare and I did parades together and many miles of trails. We also did clinics – everything from cow clinics to dressage. I used her to move cows and to scale mountains. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t try. She was one well rounded girl. I will miss her.