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View Poll Results: Are haflingers the best choice for a 13 year old that wants a pony?
yes they're perfect! 10 55.56%
no they are not for you. 0 0%
maybe, but you need experince. 6 33.33%
they are perfect for intermediate riders. 2 11.11%
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post #1 of 12 Old 07-24-2008, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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okay heres a poll

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-24-2008, 10:02 PM
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I think that halflingers would be great for a thirteen year old, but it would depend on the individual horse and rider and how well they got along. A friend of mine has a Halflinger/Bashkir Curly cross and she looks like a halflinger with the curly mane/tail. They have great feet, and keep good weight. Plus, they can carry heavier adults and are flashy too. :)

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-25-2008, 08:44 AM
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I absolutley love Haffies!! I had been riding one at my old stable and working with him quite a bit. The barn owner made me a deal and said that since they didn't have time to sell him, they would let me sell him and make a profit. Well, I found a little beginner girl (I think she was 5) and I sold him to her. He's quiet and safe as can be. About a month after I sold her she attended her first show on him at the stable I was boarding at. She did the lead line class and took first place!

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post #4 of 12 Old 07-25-2008, 09:08 AM
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Haflingers are wonderful horses!
If they are well trained they can be the excellent horse for a beginning rider and a friend for life, seeing they can easily carry an adult.
If the horse isn't trained that well it's a different case.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-25-2008, 01:49 PM
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Such nice horses.....I would love to have one for myself!!!
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-25-2008, 02:38 PM
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They are gorgeous horses! Never had one, though.

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post #7 of 12 Old 07-26-2008, 04:51 AM
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im 13 and i have ridden one and it was perfect and im not exactly a perfect rider but i have ridden since i could walk but i loved riding her she was a complete darling

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post #8 of 12 Old 07-26-2008, 09:09 AM
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i definitely agree that it would depend on the horse and the rider. a friend of mine got her daughter a little haffie and hes gorgeous. however when the daughter rides him he basically just wont move. she cant get him to walk and ends up in tears because he just stands there. they put him up for sale because obviously they just werent meant for each other and every kid that has come to look at him can ride him well. he was no good for her but perfect for someone else.

so yeah its definitely going to depend on the individual horse/person. like any horse i guess

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-26-2008, 07:31 PM
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I love haflingers and have one currently. However, I would not put a child on mine because he is still young and a bit hard-headed at times. He has a mind of his own and knows how to use it. But he is just 7 and is getting better ever year as he matures. This year he is so very close to being perfect for a younger rider. I feel next year he would probably be ready for one.

A well-trained haflinger who is mature would be an amazing horse for a 13 year old. They are forgiving, easy to care for, and have sweet people-loving personalities.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-02-2008, 10:20 PM
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I am 14 years old and I personally have two haflingers at the moment, a two year old and a nine year old, both mares. Surprisingly the mare that you think would be better,and more mature is completely bullheaded and has little respect for anyone and has a tendancy to beat up trailers, last year at my county fair she even broke a stall because she didn't get fed fast enough. But despite this she is better once you get on her back, but she has a horribly hard mouth and needs a confident rider(which I'm not) On a happier note she is a Special Olympics horse and is great with the athletes.

Meanwhile my two year old filly is much more polite,will stand patiently while waiting to be fed, doesn't run people over, and loves everyone. She went to the fair this year and didn't even kick at her stall despite the fact her grain was sitting outside the door the whole time. In fact she slept most of the time. I have also rode her before(really lightly) with a broken finger, she would spook at stuff,like expected, but she was really well behaved and in the 4 20 minute times i rode her she has impressed everyone at the barn I ride at(me included). Over all i felt more confident with her than I do with my older mare, mostly because she understands "woah" and will actually stop when you want her to. Overall I have great expectations for her.

This horse sound completely different right? I think is depends what kind of Haflinger you get. Both of them don't have a single mean thought in their minds but one has no respect...I think it was her sire who she got that problem from, that and she is too smart for her own good... I can't fort the life of me think of anyway to properly end this, I bet i didn't help you at all either, I'm sorry 'bout that.
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