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TAS Country : January 13th 2011
ary 14, 2011 13 adeen Davis with one of the Friesian fillies at the Wallbrook stud. Pictures: MacGREGOR KAROLIN ow pony The mare had a lovely filly which unfortunately died as a result of colic as a yearling, which was a huge blow to the couple. Mrs Davis said putting together a top-quality band of mares was their priority. She said they didn't believe in breeding with just anything and mares were the foundation of any breed. To maintain integrity, the breed standards for Friesians are very strict and are managed by the World Friesian Horse Organisation. The Australia and New Zealand Friesian Horse Society is a member of the organisation and is responsible for controlling the breed standards in this part of the world. The couple have another two well- bred mares which will be presented for keuring in March this year when the Dutch judges again visit the state. As well as wonderful type and movement, temperament and trainability are also traits the Davises look for in all their horses. Mr Davis said Friesians were fantastic to work with and very quick to learn. Pure black with long flowing manes and tails, most Friesians look like they have just walked off a Hollywood movie set. Their fantastic elevated movement is also seeing them being used more and more for international sporting disciplines such as dressage. Mrs Davis said Friesians had a long history and that was something they took into account when choosing their breeding combinations. She said their aim was to breed the more modern Friesians, which were not as heavy in the bone and better suited to riding and dressage, without losing any of the Friesian type or characteristics that make the breed unique. All the couple's horses are imprinted at birth and handled almost daily, especially during their first few months. Mr Davis said this was essential to ensure they had a solid foundation of training and to administer necessary veterinary treatments such as vaccinations and worming. During foaling season, the Davises have specially designed yards which can be flood-lit if needed. They have also built an under-cover breeding area which includes a horse crush so they can safely contain their mares for artificial insemination, scanning and pregnancy testing. Mrs Davis said foaling season was always one of the most exciting times at the stud, adding: ''It's great, I love the babies.'' Mrs Davis said, despite the occasional disappointment that comes with horse breeding, they loved being there to see the foals born and handling them right through until they are sold. Mrs Davis said there was strong demand for well bred Friesians and most of the Wallbrook horses were sold before they were even born. This season for the first time the Davises have bred one of their part bred Friesian mares to a Gypsy Cob stallion and the resulting foal is an attractive coloured filly. ''It was just something we thought we'd try and we're really happy with the result,'' she said. ''She's a really nice filly.''
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