Justin is a Friesian Horse

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In the woods

Friesians have qualities in addition to their beauty that makes them precious and far above average. Some terms that are common to describe them are: majestic, willing, flashy, playful, mischievous; and occasionally some of the less flattering terms of: lazy, hot, stubborn, and spooky. Friesians are smart, enjoy learning, and have busy minds.

As a baby, Justin’s mind was very busy and curious about everything. He explored his surroundings by smelling and touching things with his lips. He learned to entertain himself by turning over buckets, or if he felt particularly challenged, he would spend all day figuring out how to unlock a gate latch. This curiosity and “mouthy” behavior would later turn out to be very handy.

Friesians are also very people orientated and loyal horses. Justin has always preferred to be around humans more than other horses. He is the first to come to the barn, usually at a gallop, to greet me with his eyes full of curiosity and expectation as if to say, “I can’t wait to find out what we are doing today.”

Justin’s personality is light-hearted and playful. When being groomed, he makes funny faces with his large lips that make me giggle; I can almost see him laugh too. Or he turns his head sideways showing me his expressive eyes to get a nice pat on his face as I brushed his mane. Combined with his playful personality and his intelligence, we formed a bond and a language of our own.


  1. Martha Kinkead

    I can tell from the way that you have written about Justin that he is very special to you. It was a delight to read about how Justin grew into a beautiful adult with all the qualities about which you wrote. It was quite evident that you have a special bond. What a joy for each of you!!! I am envious of what you have together. I have been a horse lover for all my life. However I have never had the good fortune to own a horse of my own. But, I have always been able to observe horses and to enjoy their beauty no matter what their worth—-just that they are a horse. There is always beauty of some kind. I have always been a dreamer so that helps when I can always surround myself with pictures and horse statues (I’ve been collecting since I was 5 years old. I am now 72 and somewhat handicapped so riding is out of the question.) Enjoy your Justin. I am enjoying him from afar. ( I do own one of Jutin’s prints. My son gave it to me last Christmas.) Blessings to you both.