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post #1 of 13 Old 09-01-2011, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there,
I am considering buying a 14.3hh 9 year old gelding who is a haflinger morgan cross. He seems to have a great personality and is very easy going and quiet. I am an english rider so i'm looking for a horse who can do some light jumping, hack out, and do a basic dressage test. Haflingers seem to be good jumpers when i researched them... is this true? Are they generally good enough movers for basic dressage? Is saddle fit usually a problem? Tell me about your haflinger's !
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-02-2011, 08:18 AM
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Haflingers tend to be on a wide spectrum of personalities. But mostly mine are bratty and ponyish. They tend to be easy keepers and have no wither. So saddle fit could be a problem. I was lucky enough to find a saddle that fit my mare quite well. I know they do dressage and jumping but mine won't jump if they had to. I tried to make them even walk over a pole that was not even twelve inches off the ground and every single one of them just knocked the darn thing over. I'd love to see pics : ) Haflingers are by far my favorite breed.

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-02-2011, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Here are a few pics of him! Let me know what you think.
P.s he is at least 100lbs over weight, and is out of shape because he hasn't been ridden since last fall
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-02-2011, 10:03 AM
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I think he is beautiful. And he doesn't hold a candle to how overweight my Haflinger is, lol. She's a work in progress. I'm hoping she drops the weight this winter. Have you tried him out yet?

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-02-2011, 11:19 AM
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I love the choclate coloring he's got going on. His overall shape kinda reminds me of a bulldog (short, stout, and cute ^^) I own a halfie. He's my best friend. Best investment I ever made. Although, He's not like the typical halfie. He's a little more on the energetic side. ^^ Every halfie does vary in personality, just like every other breed, but he's also half morgan. So I'd research them as well.
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I ride a haflinger sometimes called Danny! He is amazing, he always pulls faces and he's so gentle :)
I love him. X
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In my limited experience with Halfies (there are two at the barn I board at), I've found them to be very curious and pushy. They're always the first to investigate a newcomer in the field and they can be very 'in your pocket'. I'm routinely 'assaulted' by the curious horses, who think everyone should have a treat for them. I think they're an absolutely gorgeous breed.

At the same time though, I've found them to be particularly bossy and dominant. It could just be these two at the barn, but they're very territorial. They don't like to let horses leave their herd and they crowd people. I have to take a crop into the field with me so I don't get run over when they try to bite my horse as I lead him out of the field. They test humans, but they're completely docile with their owner. They're bonded to her and as a result, they're completely loving and willing. They do what she asks, without hesitation and I can always see their eagerness to please.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-22-2011, 10:14 AM
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I have a student with a haffie who is wonderful. He does dressage, jumping and fox hunts.

This is his first time ever doing XC

I jsy saw another haffie in my clinic in Canada last week. He was such a nice dressage prospect. The rider is doing a good job introducing it to him. Unfortunately the only photo we got of him is right in the middle of a big half halt. He was quite soft and lovely overall.

Have fun if you get them. They are strong (in the mind, too), loving versatile horses, in my limited experience with them.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-12-2011, 08:33 PM
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Did you get him?
I love haflingers, as an exercise rider, I personally work with 4 of them. They all differ in personalities, but as a whole they are kind, willing, and have great personalities. They are used for driving and trail riding, however, there is one that as the owner put it "She's yours until you graduate" don't know what I will do with her when I am done with college, might actually have to buy her. I've "had" her for about 3 years now.
They are smart, and if you let your guard down, they will likely try to take advantage of it. Case in point, is said mare - Cinnamon, aka Lady Lumps, Irritable Haflinger. Some where she learned that if she kicked when you kicked, you would stop riding - so she tries it now, has a tantrum, and continues on her way.
Haflingers are easy keepers, aka, have tendencies to get fat. You'll need to exercise quite a bit and pay attention to their feed.
Their gait is amazing, as you can see in the tail end of the video as she trots after her tantrum, I hardly move. The mix or morgan x haflinger would be AH-MAZING in terms of smoothness.
As of saddle fit, you can see that she is a bit of a porker, to the point that its hard to find a saddle that fits her, she doesn't throw a fit if the saddle is too tight, but I know better so I just ride her bareback. Only use a saddle when I want to open her up into a full run *drifts off into a happy place* which I accidentally did once while bareback, Thank GOD she has all that mane to hold onto - she did not want to stop.
Over all , I like them. You should get one :)

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Double post :(

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