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post #1 of 4 Old 11-13-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Haflinger information?

Hello, I just joined! I'm curious about Haflingers. Here's the deal: I'm not a very confident rider, and honestly, riding tall horses freaks me out. My grandmother owns a Haflinger, and he seems like a horse I could just chill out on slightly lower to the ground. Except he's an idiot and my grandmother (who is not very confident, either; it kind of runs in the family) fell off him and fractured her leg. However, she told me that Haflingers from different stallion lines can be saints. Unfortunately, Wikipedia failed to inform me which stallion lines (and I forgot to ask her), so do any of you know?

Because I'm incapable of making safe choices, I the nervous rider have decided to learn how to jump. (Technically, I've already jumped, but those were 2 cm. crossrails on my Welsh when I was 10.) Maybe I'm wrong, but Haflingers seem like unlikely candidates for jumping, much less jumping with me. I expect I won't be able to jump more than two or maybe three feet. So, could a Haflinger jump that high?

Also, I'm tall-or-maybe-short. I'm about 5'1, and I've been told that I'm tall and that I'm short. But in any case, I have pretty long legs and I only need to go a couple holes shorter than my mom's stirrup length. Would I outgrow a Haflinger, or would it work out fine?

My questions, in a nutshell: What are some quiet, calm stallion lines? How high can Haflingers jump? What size riders can Haflingers carry?

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-15-2011, 03:21 PM
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Haflingers are a pretty versatile breed. I once worked at a hunter/jumper barn where a woman regularly jumped a Haflinger with no problem. Of course, there are different bloodlines, and her gelding was a thinner and leaner bloodline of Haflingers. But he was a quite capable jumper.

My Haflinger gelding is a pretty calm, laid back fellow, as are most other Haflingers I've encountered (but not all, as your grandmother can attest I'm sure). He's of a stockier/draftier bloodline and is about 14 hands. I'm 5'2" and heavier and he carries me just fine, so I don't think you would "outgrow" one unless they were really small.

I'm not sure on the specific bloodlines, though. I tend to rescue or buy from individuals who rescue and we know little about the bloodlines (heck, I only know how old my gelding is based upon the vet's best estimate).
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-15-2011, 03:30 PM
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I am a super duper fan of haffis, despite what people say I've had mine and my WB's boot wooped in dressage by them!
Its the same with any breed though, you get your good ones, and your hyped ones ;)
I don't know any breeding lines, but maybe you should look to cobs/draft x's as well? They tend to be of a more docile nature!

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-15-2011, 03:32 PM
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I never owned haflingers but worked at a farm that did. The lines have nothing to do with personality that I find I've worked with studs, mares and more from W,A,M and all were the same, it depends on training. I like haflingers but not for timid riders they seem to have a bit of a pony attitude, they know when the can push you around, I reschool a family members haflinger a couple of times a year because once he starts a new habit she isn't brave enough to fix it.

I find they are good at everything, not really great at anything (the draftier ones look good in harness), the ones I worked with tend to be front heavy, and not back end for power (these are not the modern not Drafty in between 13.2 to 14 hh). They are jump but I would expect that high. Not saying that the right one can't do an event really well but than you're looking at a very expensive horse.

I think like the above poster a cob or small draft cross might be a little gentler?

The haflinger lines go by the first letter a foundation stallions name I think there is 5 or 7? I've worked with at least 3 or 4.

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