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  • Koan haflingers, elk hunting

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    09-21-2012, 02:20 PM
  #21
Foal
I used to have a halflinger that looked nearly identical to the horse you picked up. We named it "Pig" because of how much the thing ate, but as has been said, "they are built like a tank" I pulled a sleigh with him, and once had him drag an entire elk out on a hunting trip. That was quite a sight to see! And at the same time I used to joke with people he was so big, it made him seem really gentle, but the reality was that he was so big it wasn't worth his time to put up a fight with any rider. He had a great personality. Congratulations on a fun horse.
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    09-25-2012, 08:47 PM
  #22
Weanling
I am interested in getting one because I am looking for a driving horse. There is one for sale that is trained to drive for $1300.
     
    09-25-2012, 11:51 PM
  #23
Green Broke
I have a question for the haflinger community as well :

Overall and in general, understanding that all horses are individuals, how do they tend to get along w others? I will not put a dominant horse w my mare -and I am actively searching to get her "company". What are your experiences w their "play nice - edness"?
     
    09-26-2012, 01:01 AM
  #24
Trained
Never seen one who was anti-social
Of course it depends how it lived before. If it lived in a herd I'd ask what position in pecking order it had. Lowest means submissive. Usually. If it lived alone its probably more than happy to have a friend.
What I found the easiest for bringing two strangers together is doing it on neutral territory. Eliminates eventual strong feelings about territory.
Hope this helps
     
    09-26-2012, 02:59 AM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Never seen one who was anti-social
Of course it depends how it lived before. If it lived in a herd I'd ask what position in pecking order it had. Lowest means submissive. Usually. If it lived alone its probably more than happy to have a friend.
What I found the easiest for bringing two strangers together is doing it on neutral territory. Eliminates eventual strong feelings about territory.
Hope this helps
The problem is, it is difficult to find "below the lowest of the low" - anything - which is what I really need. I found one such horse in the course of a year and it had separation issues. My mare was orphaned, she does not "get" herd language, culture, dynamics..nada. So, her future playmate has to be super "understanding" and the extreme opposite of dominant. I have always wanted a haflinger, so "light bulb".
     
    09-26-2012, 03:11 AM
  #26
Trained
I see
You might want to look for a gelding who can handle spoiled fillies...not that I think your mare is spoiled...but a guy like this would be very patient and put up with all kinds of weird stuff....I had one, many years ago, Haflinger-New Forest cross, filly was half Arab. She annoyed him constantly but he put up with it without ever so much as flicking an ear. Babysitter, really
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    12-15-2012, 08:24 PM
  #27
Green Broke
Although this thread is older, I just had something to add about haffies. Since my last post I acquired a haffie filly. Until my current mare (appy x), I had always had QHs. Haffies are a very different breed, indeed! I would describe them as what you would get if you crossed an elephant with a yellow labrador. But, they are unflappable, I will hand them that.
     
    12-15-2012, 08:49 PM
  #28
Foal
Thank you! We have now had a our haffie a few months and just adore him. He is truly one of the funniest horses I have ever owned. He is continually making me laugh even on the worst days! Our mini thinks we bought him as a partner for him - they play every day. He is a great horse - my life has become even better since he came into it.
     

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