Originally Posted by churumbeque
What are you refering to when you ask if the pole is too small? A pole is for a pair and why would it be too small for a haflinger which is not big? You buy the proper equipment for the size of horse.
With your experience level you could be a danger to your self and others driving on the road. It is a big investment to get good equipment to save a small amount of money while taking alot more time.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I don't recall saying I'd grab a buggy/wagon and attempt to hook up a horse and just drive. Nothing in my post even suggested such. Perhaps before implying I might be a danger, you should READ what I wrote: "I know SQUAT about driving horses or the equipment."
I am, however, attempting to educate myself prior to purchasing anything and it has and always will be my opinion that learning requires handson experience. My intention is to talk with the Amish in my area who are more apt to teach but at the moment, I am simply posing questions and looking into the possibilities.
As for the pole/halfie question. I will reiterate that I know diddly about equipment. A halfie may be small compared to other drafts but the breed is definitely not small in comparison to other driving horses. I will readily admit - again - that my knowledge is limited and still needs improvement. Thanks, tho, for jumping in and helping!