She's suprisingly not difficult to keep the weight off, once we got there which was of course quite a long slow battle initially with SO much weight to get off but now we're there she maintains her weight quite easily, she's turned out 24/7 at the moment on a paddock just under 2 acres with a small pony for company and she has a handful of hay twice a day, the grass isn't great quality and she does just fine on that!! But I did find out when she was away she was turned out on 14 acres with 1 other horse so its really no wonder she looked like she did (there last horse had died of a heart attck.....i wonder why!!!)
That's a great idea, driving 4/6 of them together would certainly make exercising them all much easier
Hi am also a new owner of a beautiful 17 year old Haflinger gelding. His name is Dover. I live in Tennessee near the Ky state line and I was wanting to find out about the Haflinger Gathering. Does the horse have to be registered or anything like that. My horse was a school horse and he's broke to harness and saddle but I don't know anything about how to drive one but want so much to learn. Can anyone that might be going give me any information. Of course this will be my first event also is anyone going that is from Tennessee?
Two of the horses at the barn I board at are Haflingers, one a mare and the other a gelding. It's always amusing to see how they reason through a new situation. The last time I showed up in their pen, both came up to me but stopped about 5 feet away. As soon as I moved, they stepped back. If I ignored them, the gelding would creep forward. Within a few minutes, he was licking my hands while the mare hung back. He twitched his ears slightly and she came right forward to begin licking my shirt. Once the gelding decided he'd had enough of tasting me, he flicked his ears again, the mare moved away and then he followed her. Very interesting to watch the dynamic.
They're the cutest 'midget drafts' I've ever seen.
No - your haflinger does not have to be registered. In fact its combined with the national drive (Homepage) this year and so there will be a lot of non-haflingers there as well - though our haflinger group will probably be doing dinner and a few other things separate. We will be bringing a haflinger and a draft cross. Even though its in combination with the national drive group we have been assured those who like to ride are more than welcome as well with the haflinger group.
If you want to do the whole week its $80 but if you want to do just the weekend (fri - sun) its $60. There is additional cost for stalls if you bring a horse ($35 per night). Registration must be completed by Sept 5th and all the forms are found on the national drive website I posted above.
There is also a 2011Haflingergathering webgroup on yahoo that can provide more information. Hope this helps!
This is Sunny D, a Haflinger I showed in jumper classes last year! She was awesome! Very queit and well behaved on the ground with good manners. She is quick, could jump and turn on a dime. If they are all like her, the breed is super fun! :)
My mare, surprisingly, can turn on a dime. And when she does anything in her way gets plowed over. She really does need to lose weight and I've been working hard but haven't seen much improvement. She gets no grain. Is stalled for several hours a day and I've been working her for at least 20 to 30 minutes every day. Sometimes, when my husband is home, I work her for hours. She has a lot of stamina and is very adaptable. Yesterday we went on a trail ride by ourselves and she was awesome. I love my Haflinger. Often I think about what she would be worth if I ever HAD to sell her. But I think I'd rather sell every single other thing I own first. I can ride her bareback with a halter and lead rope so who needs a saddle?
Here are my guys:
Annalie is about 9. I've had her for over a year now and she's one of the best horses I've owned.
Mario and Angel are only 1/2 Lingers. (lol) The other half is Gypsy.
They are brother and sister. When they came to me they were lice infected, thin and wormy.
My Haffie was imported from Austria, she was the original heavy body 15 hand style horse, Quiet personality, loving, intelligent. They are easy keepers but always looking for more to eat. DO NOT give yours grain. Grain is not good for Haffies.
They can get nervous easy when they don't know what you want, but mine seemed to learn easy.They do well in cold weather, let her grow her winter coat in and you shouldn't have to blanket her. I didn't have to shoe my gal either. You will enjoy her. In Austria they actually keep the Haffies in stables that are built right onto the house, they are considered part of the family. We tought Mella to fetch , and she gave huggs and was very affectionate. We were her humans. Sadly we lost our baby to an unknown illness, she left haunting hoof prints in our hearts that are not healed yet.