In many equine competitions, horses sport black and brown leather tack. But that is not the case at a Friesian keuring. If you plan to show your horse at a keur, you should know the traditional presentation of the breed. Friesians generally show in white leather tack at this breed-specific event. They are presented in white bridles with a white lead rope and chain, usually without a noseband. It’s important to note that while it is traditional to show in white tack, you are NOT required to show in white tack. Selecting a flattering bridle for your horse is more important than using traditional white tack.
Friesian foals typically show in white halters and white cotton lead ropes. Typically, Friesians over two years of age are shown in a white bridle with a bit.
The types of bits used in a keuring will differ. There are traditional gold bits with horseshoe shapes on either side, but that’s not a requirement. Any snaffle bit that fits your Friesian will work.
Here are some great options for shopping for the keur!
Equus Couture offers high-quality white Keuring tack that is handcrafted by the Amish in Ohio. Their tack is built to last, and their solid hardware is durable and rust-resistant.
They offer exquisite blingy browbands and white leather Keuring bridles in traditional flat or rolled leather. Equus Couture also has a selection of foal and yearling halters and lead ropes.
This is your standard white bridle perfectly suited for the Keurings. It’s made to use on Friesians over the age of two. This bridle is made from high-quality leather imported from the Netherland, and it features beautiful silver buckles.
These stunning white headstalls are available in two styles: the teardrop or VV crystal headstall. They are full size with silver fittings and a removable lead and chain.
Another option is a full-size headstall with black trim, matching lead, and a padded crown and browband.
Vness also makes Friesian foal halters in leather or biothane silver fittings on the nose buckle or under the chin.
Anneke’s Friesians provides top-quality leather Keuring tack. They offer a wide variety of options- from bridles to halters, halters for youngsters, bridles for two years and up— all in traditional white or black. You can also choose your Keuring tack with or without bling.
The Baroque horse store is located in California and specializes in tack options for this unique niche. You can order a white leather or nylon halter with a matching lead and chain for Friesian foals or a high-quality white leather headstall, reins, and options for bling for Friesians over two years of age.
The unique tack requirements for Friesians at the Keuring may seem daunting. But now you know of some options to be ready to go!
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