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Owning a Haflinger

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    10-12-2011, 08:55 PM
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Just a week ago my student had a breakthrough with her haffie. Suddenly, it just all came together!

She was so excited that she did something I didn't expect. She looked at a jump. She used to jump but decided she didn't want to do it anymore, which was fine...

Then she did it! I missed the moment with my camera, but who cares!

Haffies are just wonderful horses. This horse was no pushover, but he has taught his rider SO much.

I hope you got your haffie and have learned how great they are.
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    10-12-2011, 09:32 PM
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I rode one a while back. He was an extremely laid back, calm, and very sure of himself horse, but he was a BLAST to ride!!!!
    11-15-2011, 03:29 PM
I have a Haflinger gelding. I can attest to what most of the others posted. He is calm, gentle, and wonderful to ride (we mainly trail ride and I have yet to encounter anything on the trail he spooked of/ balked at/ or refused to do).

He is stubborn, lazy, pushy and in your space, though. He tries to get into your pockets, saddlebags, tack trunks, etc...looking for food. He's also pushy when leading him. However, my gelding is a complete pushover when it comes to other horses. He's always at the bottom of the pecking order in the field no matter who he is turned out with.

He had been foundered before I got him and Haffies do tend to have weight issues so we have to be very careful about his feed and "ease" him onto the pasture each spring.

That being said, his few quirks do not outweigh the fun I have riding him. I've ridden so many hot and spooky horses in my life that the pushy and laziness are a welcome change :)

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