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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#TuesdayTreasures The Friesian Horse with Linda Nightingale

Good Morning Friends!

If you know anything at all about me, you know I love horses! So it is with great pleasure I bring Linda Nightingale back to our blog to discuss another breed of these majestic creatures....

The Friesian breed originates in Friesland in the Netherlands.  These splendid horses conform to people’s idea of a light draft horse, and, in fact, were originally used as fancy carriage horses. However, they are nimble and graceful, currently quite popular in show arenas for their lofty movements and shining ebony coats.  The Friesian ranges from 15 to 17 hands, is powerfully muscled, with thick manes and tails and feathers (long hair) at the fetlock joints.  Their necks are high-set and proudly arched. In a word, they are beautiful.

When I wrote Gypsy Ribbons, I envisioned the hero Simon rearing his midnight black Friesian, Goliath, on the moonlit moor after robbing the King’s Highway.  These horses are massive and have a lot of pizazz, presence supreme, but are quite docile. Goliath would have stood quietly while his master relieved his lordship of his diamond ring and purse, or held still as an ebony statue while Simon courted Tory.

I bred, trained and showed the magnificent Andalusian, but I would have loved to owned a high-school trained Friesian. They are truly poetry in motion.  The only drawback to Simon’s chosen trade would be Goliath’s elegant movement means he is not as fast as say, a Thoroughbred.  When you are running from the law, knowing if you’re caught you’ll hang, speed is of utmost importance. Ah, but he’d look good doing it!  If you would like to know more about the Friesian, visit the national association.

Wow, Linda these magnificent creatures are certainly something to treasure! Here is a video of a Fresian Stallion....watch this beautiful animal work.....

Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award.   She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Symphony League, and enjoys events with her car club.  Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano.  She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.

Find out more about Linda at:

Twitter: @LNightingale

And check out Linda's new anthology Four by Moonlight an anthology of love in the moonlight…in the paranormal universe available at Amazon.

Be sure and see Linda's previous posts where she shared Thoughts, Treasures and the Spotlight with us before!

Sure hope you enjoyed today's post as much as I did and that you'll drop by each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Nightingale said...

Thank you for letting me guest on your lovely blog!

Toni V.S. said...

From the pictures, it wasn't difficult to envision Goliath, Linda. "Gypsy Ribbons" is a beautiful story, too.

Tanya Hanson said...

Wow, Linda, what a great post. I love horses myself, and am learning more and more about them by volunteering at the local horse rescue. Considering that I'm a beach girl LOL. These are such glorious animals. A few years ago, my husband and I took a wagon train trip around the Tetons, and wow, the wagons were pulled by Belgians and Percherons. Absolute magnificence.

Linda Burson said...

I know nothing about horses, but I absolutely love them. I think they are gorgeous animals, and I love being near them. I did learn a little something from this blog today.

Susan Coryell said...

Well, my younger sister had a horse which we stabled at home and I write about horses in my Overhome Trilogy...but, I am scared of the big, beautiful creatures! I admire the horse-y set that can work miracles with training, riding, showing, etc. Nice post!

marilyn leach said...

Linda, I enjoyed the video. What a splendid horse, and certainly just right for a hero in a Medevil romance. Thanks for the fun ride. Cheers

Alicia Dean said...

Gorgeous pics and what beautiful images your words evoke. The book sounds fantastic. Enjoyed the video too!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

The book sounds great, and who doesn't love horses? Congrats!

Nightingale said...

I'd like to thank all of you for coming to my post and taking the time to comment. Great group of ladies!