The ancestors of today's Friesians which originally came from the Netherlands bravely carried knights into battle, worked modestly in farming and were victorious participants in trotting races. Today Frisians are used as coach and dressage horses, in the circus and in numerous other situations. Long hair on the legs, so-called feathers, a thick mane and a handsome tail are characteristics of this active horse. Today only black Friesians are bred (their coat is only ever black). This breed reaches a height of between 1.4 and 1.7 meters at the withers and is admired for its elegant trot.