Used in medieval time to carry knights to battle, this native of the province of Friesland in the northern part of the Netherlands is one of the oldest domesticated breeds in Europe. As the need for warhorses mandated larger animals, the Friesian morphed into harness horses for agricultural work. When gas powered machines started to take the place of animals, the breed began to rapidly dwindle in number. In fact, by WW I it was reported that there were only three Friesian stallions available for breeding purposes. Through concentrated efforts, however, the breed is again thriving. Appealing because of their appearance and the fact that they are a willing, active and energetic horse that is also gentle and docile, the Friesian tends to carry itself with elegance. Typically black, they have extremely long manes and tails that are never cut. Their appearance is so striking that they are often used in both circuses and the movies. Perhaps the most famous of the breed was Othello, who appeared as “Goliath” in the 1985 film Ladyhawke. Let us help you find the best Friesians for sale in the nation.