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  • Pros and cons of haflilnger
  • Disadvantages to haflinger horse

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    02-19-2013, 07:04 PM
Wow, thank you all so much for the responses! Everyone who posted pics...they are definitely stinkin' adorable. I'm sold. I wish they were more common in my area! I'm going to start looking around =D
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    02-19-2013, 08:02 PM
The barn I volunteer at (therapeutic riding) has a haffie. There are times when I can't stand him - he's super mouthy and literally poops ALL THE TIME just to get out of work. He is loud and kicks his stall door or pasture gate when he's bored. (I'm pretty sure out of the thirteen other horses at the barn, only one actually tolerates him). He knows what and with who he can get away with stuff with and takes advantage if you're not paying attention. He eats everything, even stuff the goats won't touch.
On the other hand he doesn't blink when a kid on his back is throwing a temper tantrum. He works 6 days a week. We can put the most tense, stiff, or nervous rider or the kids who scream or have seziures and he won't react. He's great for bareback riding.
So, I have a mixed opinion on Haffies. As others have said, it depends on the horse. It also depends on the owner. Personally, I've never been a pony person so I tend to think more in the negative.
Best wishes with your search!
    02-19-2013, 10:32 PM
Green Broke
Well here are some pics of the haflinger I had. He is a M-line but we called him Toby for his barn name. Had him from yearling to 11 years and now he is making another young lady very happy.

We did have a 2nd grade haflinger for a while.

At Kentucky Horse Park...

A treat while at the park - a 4 team hitch and we got to ride!

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    02-19-2013, 11:05 PM
Well, I had wanted one for a long time, no particular reason other than they are really cute and and low to the ground (I'm short), and "they" claim that they make good mountain ponies. My primary mission for a new addition was actually company for my mare, my princess. So, I got a haffie filly last November. One poster used the term impish....this is a very appropriate description.

I think it depends on the horse and the what the owner is use to. My filly came to me w zero training. I am extremely impressed w how easy she is to train for most things. BUT, it is as if they bred the "horse" out of them. There are pros and cons to that aspect, depending on your own personal perspective. To be fair, she was kept in a small area w a stall for about a year of her young life (as opposed to open pasture) before I got her, which is a "background" I have never owned before, and never will again. It may also explain some of her behavior.

Examples of the pros are: she accepted a saddle and blanket the first time as well as any well trained senior I have ever seen. I can put my foot and weight in either stirrup and she will stand there just as calm as any "big horse". Trully amazing. She is to young to actually start under saddle, but I am guessing it won't be a rodeo. I once accidently dropped an empty metal 100 gallon tank that I had turned on its side to clean just feet from her and it made a super loud "bang", she didn't bat an eye and walked over to investigate. The first time she saw an umbrella (I was using in a rain storm), she ran up and tried to eat it. I was amazed. Then again, I am use to youngsters that have been on pasture for their first 1.5 to 2 years and have more horse sense! So, perhaps that doesn't really impress others...but it impressed me.

She is beyond "mouthy" - sometimes I would just like to hold those little chubby lips closed. She wants to put everything in her mouth. I made her rope chew toys to help w her milk teeth...she can get every knot other than a blood knot out in no time.

The nice lady I bought her from was afraid of her. That originally puzzled me. I have had my non-horsey DH help me out now and again with her by holding her. He likes her, and is a big guy, so no little haffie is going to "scare" him...but she immediately starts to act completely different - and they are powerful behond belief So, true to breed...they can sum someone up very quickly and waste no time taking advantage.

Since she sees everything as something to put in her mouth, and also has no real sense of body to lunge has proven to be a real "joy".

I feed 3 times a day and I like keep it "on schedule". If I am so much as 10 minutes late...she splashes in the water tank whereby making a "banging noise" to advise me of my tardiness...and sometimes turns it completely over...and stands and/or bangs on it. So, don't be late. And, yep, the tank is now dented.

I don't think she is dense..quite the opposite. But, like I said - I think they bred the horse right out of them. If that is something you want, I think it is a great choice. They grow on you - in spite of their PITA-ness. I am just telling you - these guys are not "real" horses, they are more like a labrador in a tanks body.
    02-19-2013, 11:22 PM
Oh, and here is Jolene:

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    02-20-2013, 08:46 AM
Green Broke
She is a cutie!

Everything you said I nodded to and said - yup, typical haffie! Toby would loudly call for dinner if we were late and bang on the pipe gate if he was near it. Very loud and vocal voices for such small horses. And it was not unusual to look out in the pasture and see him staring up at the house very intently - like he thought he could will the walking vending machines to come out to him by his thought process alone.

Toby was never spooky and very brave - unless he thought he could get out of work. Then you could find him looking for something to spook at - the brat. If he wanted to go for a ride that day - you had an absolute gem that would go anywhere and do anything and would give you the smoothest trot you could sit. People would ask if he was gaited. If he didn't want to go and wanted to be lazy - then you had to keep on your toes! And his trot would be like a jack hammer at that time. LOL. Yes - in many ways they are different from other breeds.

Part of the reason some think Haffies aren't that spooky is the fact they were from mountain pony stock. If a horse easily spooks and runs crazy in the mountains they are more likely to fall and kill themselves - removing themselves from the breed pool. And since the tradition up there was to let them run the mountains until 2-3 years of age, the more level headed horses survived. Not to mention a horse there HAD to have the temperment to allow everyone to work with him and be used for everything from farm work to carriage to riding. If they didn't they were culled.

The only thing - not being able to read body language well - is probably her upbringing more than a breed issue. Toby was raised in a large pasture with a herd of other haflingers and he read body language really well. Doesn't mean he would always listen to what it said - but he could read it!
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    02-20-2013, 03:00 PM
Originally Posted by Cat    

Part of the reason some think Haffies aren't that spooky is the fact they were from mountain pony stock. If a horse easily spooks and runs crazy in the mountains they are more likely to fall and kill themselves - removing themselves from the breed pool.

Missy May, your Haffie sounds a lot like my young Welsh/Paint cross. He has become more similar to a typical horse now that he is almost four. When I first got him at 10 months, I thought he had the personality of a dog mixed with a goat!
    02-20-2013, 05:13 PM
Haha...half goat half canine IS a better description!!! I had a longish cotton bandana thingy in my pocket the other day, I turned my back on the little goat-flinger and when I turn around and was sucking it up like a noodle. It scared me (I thought she might choke), it entirely disappeared into her mouth in a matter of a second...and I had to reach in her mouth to extract it. I always get this feeling I am in some "slap stick" show w her, and can't stay "on track" !!!
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    02-23-2013, 02:04 PM
Oooo I love a haffy thread, any excuse to show off my girly
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    02-23-2013, 04:51 PM
Okay Maddie:
1. We do not wear $200 Uggs in the mud.
2. She is really the dapples!!!

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