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Horse Breeds: Fleuve, Fouta, Frederiksborg, French Saddlebred, French Trotter, Friesian, Galiceno

Jul 10, 2008
*FLEUVE*

The Fleuve is a horse breed from Senegal, Africa. It was developed from the crossing of a Barb with a local breed of pony.

*FOUTA*

A descendant of the Fleuve and M'Bayar breeds, the Fouta is found in Senegal, western Africa. It is a light horse breed.

*FREDERIKSBORG*

The oldest breed of horse in Denmark, the Frederiksborg breed can be traced all the way back in time to the horses that came from the royal stud at Fredericksborg. In the 18th century, the breed was known among the world's most famous breed. Often used as a schooling horse, Frederiskborg is reliable with an elegant appearance. Other breeds benefited from the crossbreeding with Frederiksborg horses in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

When Frederiskborg horses were bred, the desired outcome was the development of good riding horses and carriage pulling horses. Many of the royal families used Frederiskborg horses in teams of six to eight (and always of the same color to keep up with appearances!) to pull their carriages.

The breed was so popular that they were exported all over the world- but that only left a few of the breed in it's homeland of Denmark. In 1839, with the stud having closed, private breeders maintained the breed.

Frederiskborg horses are always chestnut colored, with a light colored mane and tail. Many have white markings on their face or legs.

*FRENCH SADDLEBRED*

Found throughout France, the French Saddlebred is considered a light riding horse. The breed was developed in the 1950's, from halfbreds such as Charentais, Charolais, Corlais, vendeen and Anglo-Norman.

*FRENCH TROTTER*

A fairly new breed, the French Trotter was developed from the Norman Coach Horse with the bloodlines of American Trotter, Thoroughbred, and Hackney breeds in the 20th century. French Trotter horses are primarily found in the Normandy region in France.

*FRIESIAN*

Among the oldest of the European domesticated breeds, the Friesian breed is native to Netherlands, in the province of Friesland. During World War I, the number of Friesian horses dropped to just 3, and the breed was then rejuvenated by breeding with Oldeburg horses. Friesian horses are used in circuses, driving competitions, harness, and light agricultural work.

Friesian horses have long manes and tails that are never cut- and sometimes they even grow long enough to touch the ground. They are black horses, with some taking on a white star marking on their foreheads. Due to their beauty, they are often used as fine carriage horses, and have been exported to other countries.

*GALICENO*

Introduced to the United States in 1958, the Galiceno has been part of the New World since the Spanish conquistadors took horses into the continent during the 16th century. The breed is a descendent of the Galician breed of Spain and the Guarrano breed of Portugal. When Hernando Cortes invated Mexico in 1519, the Galiceno horse was among the first 16 horses he landed.

Galiceno horses are known and treasured for their beauty, endurance, intelligent and smooth gait. They are cherished to Mexican horse owners. The horses did not migrate north as their mustang ancestors did, and only came to the United States due to human importation.

Galiceno horses are small in size, and are usually used for children's horses, although the breed is strong enough to carry a man through rough country all day. The breed is gentle natured and easily handled, another reason they are used for children and family horses. Despite the Galiceno's small size, they possess courage and stamina that many horses of greater size are unable to match.

Unlike the other pony breeds, Galiceno horses have a natural walk that is almost a run; and the breed possesses substance. A beautiful horse, their head shows refinement and has pointed ears, and lively eyes.
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Phillipe Wiskell is a writer for www.HorseClicks.com, popular classifieds of horses for sale, used horse trailers and land for sale.
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