Kim Kardashian West recently shared that her family has 14 Friesian horses on their Wyoming ranch

 

By Ally Mauch
July 01, 2020 02:51 PM
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Kim Kardashian West/Twitter

The Kardashian West family is embracing cowboy life while visiting their Wyoming ranch. 

In a Twitter post earlier this week, Kim Kardashian West shared that the ranch, which her husband Kayne West purchased last year, has a herd of 14 Friesian horses — a rare and expensive breed of horse.

"Meet North’s Freesian [sic] horse. We have 14 gorgeous Freesians on the ranch," Kardashian West wrote in her post alongside two photos — one of 7-year-old North with the massive animal and one close-up shot of the horse.

Friesians can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $600,000, depending on their age, type, bloodline, and training, the website U.S. Friesian Referral reports. The average cost of other horses in the U.S. is much lower — around $3,000, according to a study from the University of Maine.

The breed of horses, which originated in the Netherlands, are so expensive because they were not found in the U.S. until relatively recently. They were introduced to North America when Dutch colonizers arrived on the continent but ceased to exist by the late 17th century, according to the U.S. Equestrian Foundation.

They were re-introduced to the U.S. in the latter half of the 20th century but the numbers remained low — in 1970, there were only 5 Friesians in the country. By 2002, that number got up to around 2,000.

Kardashian West, however, has faced backlash for sharing photos of the horses at a time when many Americans are struggling financially and the unemployment rate has reached nearly 16 percent as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"The money you paid to buy one of these horses could have fed one or two families of four for a whole year," one Twitter user replied to the reality star. "50+ people could have eaten. But yay you have 13 extra horses."

"Honestly the fact that you chose a moment in time when our unemployment rate is the highest it’s ever been since the Great Depression to brag about having too many fancy horses and then couldn’t even spell the breed correctly is a perfect illustration of America in 2020," another added.