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post #1 of 32 Old 02-16-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Calling all Haflinger lovers..what has your experience been?

I've fallen in love with haffies, and am considering one for my next horse.I already have a lanky TB so I'd like something I can use for trails and maybe some super low level eventing. Does anyone have experience with these guys? I know every horse is different but I'm hoping that in general, they are as sweet as they are stinkin adorable!
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post #2 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 09:14 PM
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I work at a therapeutic riding center where 4 of our 10 horses are Haflingers. Obviously, our 4 are picked for calmness, sanity, trustworthiness, etc. All in all, I've found them to be sweet, dependable horses, although all of our 4 have an impish side. 2 of ours are pretty good with their dressage training and a couple have done a little jumping in the past. In my experience, they'll test you, but are always willing to try. Ours definitely have some pony attitude!

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Pumpkin, our little spitfire/lima bean on legs. This pony has some attitude!

Odin, tried and true, food obsessed, in your face kinda guy

Nate (aka Noodle)- he's a total goofball, super playful. He wasn't trained under saddle until he came to us at 7 years old and he's picked everything up so fast. He's great in our therapy program and in his dressage training.
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Barney is our newest addition... learning how to respect leaders on the ground and learning that not everything is for chewing on/playing with
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post #3 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 09:21 PM
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I have a taller then usual haffy and I absolutely love him. Can't post pics on my iPad but you can check out the pics attached to my user name. Sonny is a 7 year old 15'2 gelding. He is the most personable horse at our barn and everyone who comes into the barn has to stop and love him up. He loves trail riding and never hesitates to go through mud, water, or tall gas. Now that I have had one, it will be the only horse breed I'll own. You won't be disappointed.

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post #4 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 09:35 PM
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I second the 'only breed I'll ever isn't sentiment. I've owned 3 Haflingers, and although I find stubborness to be a shared trait (you can't MAKE anything with a neck that strong do anything it doesn't want to do), I find them VERY sweet, trainable, and thinking creatures. My current gelding is a Haffie cross, but my others were purebred, and I can't say enough good about them.
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post #5 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 09:37 PM
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I had a haflinger for 10 years and recently sold him. He was a good horse but he got into everything - kept me on my toes. He was also very determined and stubborn at times - had quite a few "discussions" with him on the trail before he would relent. I doubt he would ever be suitable for a beginner rider - he needed someone with confidence. But if you had him in your corner he would try his heart out. He did love attention and was a pocket pony.

But each haflinger is an individual. I know mine could be more difficult than others, yet I am also aware of others that were even more stubborn than mine. And then some are just sweet as can be - until they decide to plow to that patch of grass they see in the distance! LOL

And talk about easy keeper - he could blimp out at just the smell of grass.

They also tend to be extremely smart -which can be good for training but unfortunately they learn bad things just as quickly.

He was a fun boy to have around and I miss him - but I do have to admit its been more peaceful (literally - he was quite vocal) and laid back with our current herd.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #6 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 09:47 PM
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I for real want to post pics of mine, but it won't let me pick from my phone gallery. Bummer. Anyway, he's the one in my avatar.
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post #7 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 09:59 PM
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When I rode IHSA in college, we had two haflinger lesson horses and because I am only 5'1", I was almost ALWAYS stuck on one of those guys! Clever little stubborn horses, but full of heart. I think if I had cultivated a real relationship with either of them, they would've been excellent (and challenging) partners!
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post #8 of 32 Old 02-17-2013, 11:55 PM
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The one I was training was soooo stubborn.. omg. Very strong and SUPER food motivated! But she tried her heart out, was comfortable to ride, and overall a blast :)

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #9 of 32 Old 02-18-2013, 12:54 AM
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We call Haflingers "Hellingers".

I've met mean ones, I've met crazy ones, I've met sweet ones, I've met lazy ones, I've met golden ones.

It just depends on the particular horse itself.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music
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post #10 of 32 Old 02-18-2013, 03:59 AM
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Funny that I just came on here and was going to be seeking out things on Haflingers as I just purchased a 6 month old filly.

She's going to be true project as she had a rough start and is very shy right now. But I can sense she will be sweet but full of feisty attitude... exactly what I love in a horse. XD
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