Full Papered Friesian Horse
Full Papered Horse
Full papered is a term that simply means that the horse's dam, grand-dam, and great grand-dam are all STER (top 10% of all mares) or MODEL (top 2% of all mares). PREFERENT means that the horse has many STER offspring, and it is an indication that they have excellent quality offspring. If you are looking at a horse from Legacy Friesians that is NOT full papered, it just means it is "regular papered" and don't worry, it is still a REGISTERED FRIESIAN WITH PAPERS.
Full paper is analogous to coming from a family that is good looking, smart, and athletic, generation after generation.
Full paper horses are very rare and more expensive. Buying a Full paper horse for breeding is worth the extra money. Buying a full paper gelding is not really necessary because they won't be breeding, but it certainly means that they have a good pedigree!
In America, a FULL PAPERED filly or mare would be a very good idea if you plan to breed Friesians in the future. We know from experience that there are a lot of customers who only want to buy full papered colts or fillies. So if you want to breed foals that are full papered for the discerning customer, you need to purchase a full paper filly. Some breeders like to have a wide selection of broodmares, where some of their mares are full papered star mares, and other are normal papered studbook mares, so they can offer a broad spectrum of foals with a range in prices. The full papered foals will be more expensive, of course.
However, if you want to buy a gelding for dressage, it is actually not critical to buy a full papered horse. This is because the gelding is not going to be bred. And also the criteria for the STER and MODEL are based on the opinion of traditional Dutch judges who tend to like to see a lot of knee action, not based on dressage suitability.
A Thank you to Cheryl James for the photo.