I agree with Golden. They are my favorite breed so far. I love their personality. But they tend to be pushy and break things. Think they can get away with it because they are short and cute. I have a Haflinger, whom I love so much I got her face tattooed on me, a Haflinger X Gypsy Vanner and a 3/4 Belgian 1/4 Haflinger. Out of the five horses here those three are my favorites. ; )
I have one too she's 7 now and just starting to act (almost!!) sane at times. She isn't an escape artist like many but only because she's afraid of the fence (and her own shadow most of the time!!) As soon as we fix one problem another one usually develops, life is certainly never boring with a haffy around, but that said I wouldn't change her, she's worth all the effort (& blood, sweat and tears!!) she has excellent stamina and is brill at the pleasure rides (just can't stop her once we set off!!) A few pics of my beautiful girl....
This is my baby girl, I hope she still counts. She's half Arab but the Haffie in her is a little more dominant, especially in her brain lol.
Her name is Merry and she is 9 years old and currently in retraining after some confusing first years of riding.
She is such a joy to work with! She just goes and goes, and she's very stubborn but once you get her on your side she is so willing to work for you, I feel like she's going to excel at anything and everything I point her pretty little nose to.
I am not generally all that big of an Arab fan, but I'm definitely falling in love with Haffies as I learn more about them and work with her.
She has been lightly started in both reining and more lightly, dressage, both of which I intend to at least somewhat pursue with her if I can. One thing I find awesome about her is that she has a solid jog, trot, lope, and canter. Her jog and lope are smooth as butter and easy to ride down a trail for days, and her trot and canter are very big and full of action and movement. It's an awesome find for a multi-discipline rider like me who has struggled to do different disciplines on horses who were very surely predominantly just English or just Western style horses, but Merry is very much good at both ways of working and going.
I'll be interested to hear about it, too! I don't see many others of that cross around.
Nope, it's actually just a smooth sweet iron snaffle. Supposedly she used to be ridden in exclusively a twisted wire one, which shocked me some for sure. She's unbelievably soft and responsive to this bit! Some people...
Alwaysbehind, I sure wish! I'm still hoping and praying somehow it will get sorted. It would really help me along as I eventually pursue showing her...her current/former/something-or-other owner will be letting the previous owners know about her full transfer over to me (finally!) next month, so maybe if anything is going to put the pressure on them to come across them that will be it. Or maybe they were never really there. God and Jesus know. I might contact the Half-Arab registry with the information I have and what was given to me as her registered name, because I would assume they could help me out at least for a fee, I think? I hope, lol...
I sure am curious to know what gave them the impression she was registered Haflinger, though...I'm hoping they will still get in contact, but if they don't when she contacts them I guess I will assume I will not be getting anything from them.
I was wondering what order the pics go time wise?? She looks so good in the first couple of pics, and a bit chubby in the last couple.
Thankyou!! The top pics are the recent one's, she's currently very fit (completed 42k) and a very good weight. The bottom pics are from a few years ago, she went out on loan briefly to learn to drive, this is how she looked a few months later when I terminated the loan, she weighed in at over 600 kilos (they couldn't even see that there was a problem) She could hardly walk, spent most of her time lying down and was always tired.
I'm so glad that I guessed the right way around, you have done a great job and she does look fantastic at the lighter weight. It's a constant battle trying to keep weight off of mine, I think I'll have to break them all to harness then get them going a a 4 up or a 6 hitch so I can exercise more at once