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    09-10-2012, 02:50 PM
  #11
Foal
I will definitely send pics! I will include him and his new buddies if this all works out. We are going out on Saturday for a test drive .

Thank you so much for all of the great advice!! This sounds like a great breed!
     
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    09-12-2012, 04:37 AM
  #12
Foal
My haffy is fab, wouldn't change her for the world also wouldn't ever buy another She took a long long time to get to where we are now and she still has her days, she's fab on the ground, not rude or bargy at all, can be handled by children and is very respectful. Under saddle she will go all day, has sailed round a 25 mile distance ride and probably would of gone again, she's a little steam train when she gets going. We don't really jump but she will happily pop logs etc in the woods. She's great with other horses, a very good doer, just some hay in the winter. She can however be very spooky, especially if not ridden regulary, if she has a few weeks off, as she just has due to the school holidays she will have taken a 3 year step back when I take her out again, when in regular work she is much better but will still spook if something takes her by suprise (usually an odd shaped stone/a tuft of grass that wasn't there before) however is unphased by heavy traffic, large machinery etc. She's just a big wimp who needs reassurance all the time, if i'm on the ground she'll follow me past anything (hiding behind me!!) BUT all that said, I love her and wouldn't change her for anything
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    09-12-2012, 04:42 AM
  #13
Foal
This is my beautiful girl!! Only 14hh built like a tank
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    09-12-2012, 11:13 AM
  #14
Weanling
She's lovely.
     
    09-12-2012, 02:00 PM
  #15
Foal
She is too cute! I can't wait to meet our new prospect!
     
    09-12-2012, 02:03 PM
  #16
Foal
I have found that Haflingers are extremely strong so their size is deceiving. Have you found any issues with bigger adulters riding Haflingers. My son is 6 ft and 200# - he rides a few times a year. My daughter is short and smaller like me and myself will be riding him more often. Any concerns? We have a QH who is tall like a giraffe so I have options for him. Just wondering...
     
    09-12-2012, 02:46 PM
  #17
Trained
Nothing to worry about. The German army uses them as pack horses. They carry a good 250lbs over mountain passes all day long.
Of course it depends on the rider. A lightweight who consistently falls on a horses back trotting and loping is far heavier than a heavier person who knows how to sit .
     
    09-12-2012, 10:47 PM
  #18
Foal
I have a 15 hand haffie - we do 15 mile competitive trail rides, and he has no issue carrying the ~300lbs of me + tack that distance. He is happy to work, but really *needs* to be worked in order to be happy - otherwise he gets bored and causes trouble (dumps water troughs, breaks through fences, bosses other horses around, etc.). I know some people view the fact that they won't just do what you tell them blindly as a negative, but I love love love that about my gelding. I always feel like we are partners going out to explore the trails together rather than that I am having a glorified pony ride. He likes being out, he goes out with ears forward, looking at the world and though he finally has gotten to the point where he defers to my judgment when we come across things that he is very unsure of, he still thinks about them each time we come across them before turning the decision over to me. They are thinkers for sure, but as everyone else has said, you cannot let them get away with anything, because if you do they will keep pulling it for the next 10 -15 times that they are asked to do the same thing and it gets to be a pain - they will constantly test to see what they can get away with.
     
    09-20-2012, 10:39 PM
  #19
Foal
Here is the picture - moved in last Saturday and he has been great! What a wonderful breed!!
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    09-20-2012, 10:49 PM
  #20
Trained
I think that's what we all said....
Really nice guy!
     

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