Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Clarksville, TN
• Horses: 0
desperate houswife, of course every horse needs a hand that knows what it is doing...
but Haflingers often get underestimated. they are great horses, when treated right, if there is a rider that is timid, there might be the chance that the haflinger takes advantage over the rider.
Plus eventhough they are very versatile and you can do almost anything with them, they are not that soft to ride like an other breeds, they are thick nerved by nature.
they are inteligent and quik to learn, that might cause a problem for some people, and of course the Haflinger becuase it is undertrained.
That at the side.
We breed for certain structure and certain Temperament and traits, this is why we breed.
Thus of course not all horses in one breed are the same, there are individuals as in all other breeds. but in general we can expect certain traits in a one breed.
Haflinger are bred for a verstaile use , of course their shape and color, plus known for their people loving attitude and smartness.
A Haflinger is good with children and beginners, but he has to be trained well to do that.
They may come accross stubborn, but really he is just asking what you can do to make work fun!
so with your certain problem, it is hard to say if it is related to the breed,or more a riderissue.
They can eb hard in the neck and not many Hafis are rode to the point that they get soft, because a lot of people try to force a soft mouth on them without giving them the proper warm up time!
With Haflingers it is a little bit like a diesel... needs his warm up phase and then you barrely can't stop it.
so i hope you have a good trainer on hand, but besides giving the horse away for a refresher you might want to think about taking lessons with him together. That should help you much more then having a different rider deal with him!
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