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post #11 of 45 Old 12-30-2013, 09:48 PM
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My gorgeous 19 year old gelding who is definitely from the "S" line! Haha
Simply gorgeous!! I wish I looked like that when driving my Haflinger.
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post #12 of 45 Old 01-10-2014, 11:22 PM
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Butt, my sons Haflinger he got for his third birthday. Warning do not tell a three year old they can name their horse anything they want!





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post #13 of 45 Old 01-19-2014, 09:31 PM
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Here are several of my gelding Red. He is actually a HALF-fie, lol. He's half mustang
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post #14 of 45 Old 01-21-2014, 01:35 PM
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Off topic -but I posted something about my recently adopted rescue Haflinger mare. I got a lot of negative comments about Haflingers and their behavior? Not what I expected. Please see post and comment- Retraining a mistreated Haflinger-advice...

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post #15 of 45 Old 01-21-2014, 02:10 PM
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Honestly, Haflingers are the kind of horses where you truly gotta know them to really appreciate them, and they're not for everyone. I sure as heck wasn't sure what I was getting into when I got mine. The first year was great, things went downhill from there until I pulled up my big girl pants, squared my shoulders and really gave the golden butthead what for.

Haflingers ARE pushy, most of the time, they're overweight, don't get to use their over active thinking skills half as much as they should and they know just where they stand (on top of you sometimes, it seems). They certainly aren't always the beginner friendly, kid friendly breed they've been purported to be.

But you know what, I'm sold on the breed. They'll give you 100% if you can convince them it's worth it to. My boy was a pushy pain in the butt who had to be ridden in a curb bit. It took a while, but he knows his place (3 feet behind me, thank you -- occasional reminders required) and can be taken out to graze and listen when I tell him it's time to walk away. We're back riding in a snaffle, he's golden.

Someone once said if you can learn to be smarter than your Haflinger, you'd have the best horse in the world.
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post #16 of 45 Old 01-21-2014, 02:22 PM
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Not mine, but this is my boss' old Haflinger, who has since been sold on - I was devestated when he left! He was a bit of a bonehead, and being a slightly less traditional Haffie, was big and built and he knew it! He had also previously done county level open showjumping against 16-17hh Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods, and was very good at it, but I think he had a bit of "little man syndrome"

This photo was taken on a 15mile+ fun ride, and he didn't walk once, we jogged, cantered or galloped the whole way round He was ready to go again when we got back, I definitely wasn't!

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post #17 of 45 Old 01-21-2014, 03:16 PM
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Off topic -but I posted something about my recently adopted rescue Haflinger mare. I got a lot of negative comments about Haflingers and their behavior? Not what I expected. Please see post and comment- Retraining a mistreated Haflinger-advice...

I agree that Haflingers can be stubborn and pushy. My gelding tests people he doesn't know all the time. I attribute it to the fact they they are smart and you have to convince them WHY you want them to do something (and be able to stand behind it and not back down). That being said, once they know you are boss, they will move heaven and earth to please you. However, don't be fooled, they will still test you from time to time to make sure you are on point.

I recently was out of the country for 1 month and when I came back and saw Red, he was pushy and walking ahead of me when leading him out of the pasture. The second time he tried it, I did the "helicopter" lead rope move (swing the loose end of the rope in front of his nose)- he smacked into that and backed off right away and now he's an angel again for leading. They're a little naughty like that but I would get another haffie in a heartbeat. They are definitely not a horse for everyone. I've had my haffie for almost 2 years and we do everything from dressage to horse soccer to riding at liberty. It takes time and patience...you have to be more stubborn than them
(ignore my form on the jump below- I didn't realize it was 2'6" and he took a long spot lol. We've only every jumped 2'3" bareback so I was kind of surprised that someone had set it that high!)
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Our New girl, Lady Pumkin- day one....

LP getting used to her new digs in CA.
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Rt8618, Too cute!
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post #20 of 45 Old 01-28-2014, 01:15 AM
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Don't ask me why they posted sideways!
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