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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