Head: Very expressive, relatively short and the width is proportional to the length the head is set gracefully on the neck.
Throat and jaw: The jaw bones are not heavy and are spread wide apart to allow the horse to breathe easily while at work.
Nose: The nasal bone is slightly hollow or straight, nostrils are wide.
Eyes: Large, clear, shining eyes.
Ears: Small and alert with the tips pointing slightly toward each other.
Back: The back is not too long and is well muscled. A slightly low back is allowed.
Withers: The withers are well developed, prominent and blend gradually into the back.
Chest: Chest should be strong and muscular with a good width.
Shoulder: The shoulders are long and sloping and are set widely enough apart to form a good chest.
Hindquarters: Good length, slopes slightly downward, wide and muscular. It should neither form a point or be overly rounded. The tail should not be set too low.
Neck: The neck is lightly arched at the crest. It is long enough for the horse to bend properly and is adequately muscled. The neck is set on high and the lower neckline does not bulge between the throat and the chest.
Fore Legs: The forelegs must be properly positioned, when viewed from the front they are set parallel with a hoof width of space at the ground. Viewed from the side they are perpendicular down through the fetlock joint. The cannon bone is not too long. the forearm however has good length. The pastern is resilient, of good length and is at a 45 degree angle to the ground.
Rear Legs: The hind legs when viewed from the rear are straight. Viewed from the side the legs are set directly under the hind quarters and are strong. The hind cannon is a little longer than in front.
Hoof: The hoofs are wide, strong and sound.
Hair & Movement
Hair: Mane and tail should be long and thick. Hairs are usually wavy however straight is acceptable.
Feathering: Long, silky hair on the lower legs must be left untrimmed.
Movement: The walk is straight is vigorous and springy. There is good length of stride and the hind quarters swing forward with power. The trot is a reaching, forward movement with power from the hind quarters.
It is elevated, light-footed and the canter is well supported and lively with sufficient power from the hind quarters.
Non Fading Black - The Horse is solid black with no sign of reddish or faded hairs. Mane, Tail & Feathering are black.
Fading Black - The horse is black with some reddish patches on the body, in some cases the horse will fade out to resemble a bay having a burnt brownish red colored body and black mane, tail, feathers & lower legs.
Chestnut - On rare occasions a red Friesian will be born, these horses will have a Reddish body color and in many cases the mane, tail & feathering will be of a lighter more flaxen color rather than the same shade of red as the body.
All colors are permitted a small amount of white hairs on the face in the form of a star. No other white should be found on the horse. All horses must have dark colored skin and brown eyes.
The Friesian is loyal, willing, placid and cheerful. They are very people oriented and highly intelligent with an uncanny ability to retain knowledge. Friesians bond closely with their owners and will follow them through a scary situation based on trust alone.