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post #1 of 11 Old 01-24-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Haflingers question

I have a question regarding Haflingers. Are they just a pony type horse? Meaning that only small kids can ride them? Or can adults ride them as well? There is one for sell near me and wondering if I should even bother to go look at him if only kids can ride them.

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-24-2010, 07:30 PM
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It depends on the type. There is a newer show type of Halflinger that I would not put large adults on, smaller adults and children would be fine. And then there is a draft type of halflinger that I have seen carry larger adults with ease. Out at the farm there is a really cute draft type halflinger that I have no trouble hoping on and riding around and I am about 5'7''.

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He's a haflinger/qh cross only a yearling and just the loveliest shade of grulla...and just plain adorable! Here is the picture they sent me.


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Hello,
My haffie Willy is 14.2 hands and can carry a adult or child. Many haflinger folk will say that they can carry 30% of their body weight even those with a athletic build. I love the haflinger breed but realize that although they are very cute and most have wonderful personalities they are a horse. Mine is just going on seven. He walks, trots and canters. He likes to jump and does well on the trail but I would not put a beginner rider on him unless he was being lead. I hope this answered your question and didn't go on for to long.
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Thank you Clark.

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I have an adult student who bought a halfie for her daughter. She rides it mor than her daughter has. She hunts him in the field, too. Halfies are very strong and can carry considerable weight.
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His mom is a Halfie


His dad is a Buckskin/Dun Quarter horse

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Both of his parents look like they have some good substance to them, so he will probably be a good sized horse himself.

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Check out this page and decide for youself ;) Haffies are GREAT mounts for children AND adults! :) My husband, the only horse he feels safe riding is my 14h Haflinger/Welsh Cob mare.

Haflinger Horses

I know MANY haffies (they're very popular in the driving club I'm in) and most, if not all, are driven AND ridden by their adult owners :)

Here's the registry's website: American Haflinger Registry - Home
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Check out this page and decide for youself ;) Haffies are GREAT mounts for children AND adults! :) My husband, the only horse he feels safe riding is my 14h Haflinger/Welsh Cob mare.

Haflinger Horses

I know MANY haffies (they're very popular in the driving club I'm in) and most, if not all, are driven AND ridden by their adult owners :)
Wow! That page is amazing!!! The pictures are amazing! The Haffy seems like a very versitile horse. Now I'm going to have some serious thinking to do.

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