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    07-17-2008, 11:41 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Is Luna's mom really a haflinger?

My parents were in the market last year for a new driving horse and since we live among many Amish, my dad asked me to check around for a haflinger. I found this mare who was in foal that they (the Amish) considered to be a haflinger. (We bought the foal, Luna, from my parents.) I think she looks like a belgian cross, but my dad said she reminded him of the "old school" haflingers that have a more draftier look to them. She's quite short, only 14 hh, but very heavy as you can see. I don't have a recent photo of her, this was taken last year as she stayed at our place until she foaled (which was May 1st).



Now, this leads me to another question, but this may be the wrong place for it. Well, we didn't see the sire, but they said she was bred to a standardbred. I have no reason to doubt that judging from Luna's head. Anyway, I was wondering if there's a way to estimate how tall Luna will get. She's already over 14 hh. At a year old and she has her mom's heavy legs and huge hooves.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
     
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    07-17-2008, 01:22 PM
  #2
Started
I would agree with you that she looks more belgian/stb than half/stb...but who can say. I laughed at your comment about her head because I was thinking the same thing. There are many old wives tales about estimating height, none of which have a 100% success rate. One is to measure from fetlock to elbow then take that length up from the elbow and that's your height. Another is that you add 2 hands to the horse's height at 1 year old.
     
    07-17-2008, 02:36 PM
  #3
Showing
Yeah, I also agree. Looks more like a Belg. Than Half! ;)
Very cute though.
     
    07-17-2008, 02:48 PM
  #4
Yearling
Luna

She looks to be more of a Belgian cross. Belgians do have huge heads, so who knows if she was crossed with a Standardbred. Really cute though. If she is already 14.1 hh at a year, I would think that would mean she is a belgian, not Halflinger cross, since halflingers arent extremly tall horses, even at a mature age. Her bone structure is different from that of a haflinger too. Really adorable though! She looks really easy going and kind.
     
    07-17-2008, 03:12 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Thanks guys! I think I confused everyone though. LOL! The one pictured above is my yearling's dam. My filly, Luna, is in my avatar. Actually, here is another photo of Luna:



And here's that sb head I was referring to :)



Now, we were told that Ruby (Luna's mom pictured in the first post) is a haflinger, but I just see a belgian cross, which you all seem to agree. When I think of a haflinger I think of those beautiful little flaxen maned ponies. Ruby's very pretty (that picture doesn't do her justice as her mane and forelock were roached at the time) she's just a big boned gal.

So anyway, I know Luna is whatever her mom is and standardbred. It looks like she'll be on the taller side because of the sb in her, but it really doesn't matter, she's got a personality and disposition that can't be matched in a youngster and I think she'll be an excellent carriage horse. I was just curious as to what others thought her mom's breed is!
     
    07-18-2008, 08:34 PM
  #6
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Re: Is Luna's mom really a haflinger?

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3neighs
My parents were in the market last year for a new driving horse and since we live among many Amish, my dad asked me to check around for a haflinger. I found this mare who was in foal that they (the Amish) considered to be a haflinger. (We bought the foal, Luna, from my parents.) I think she looks like a belgian cross, but my dad said she reminded him of the "old school" haflingers that have a more draftier look to them. She's quite short, only 14 hh, but very heavy as you can see. I don't have a recent photo of her, this was taken last year as she stayed at our place until she foaled (which was May 1st).



Now, this leads me to another question, but this may be the wrong place for it. Well, we didn't see the sire, but they said she was bred to a standardbred. I have no reason to doubt that judging from Luna's head. Anyway, I was wondering if there's a way to estimate how tall Luna will get. She's already over 14 hh. At a year old and she has her mom's heavy legs and huge hooves.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
This horse is a belgian. I find it hard to believe there is any haflinger in that thing at all. Those freakin' amish probably heard you say that's what you were looking for and went "yea yea that's what this horse is!". NOT

Because of the height it's very likely that there is cross in there and that she isn't full belgian but whatever it is it's very heavy set and a pony breed doesn't seem likely to me tho you never know.

My draft cross mare is supposedly a quarter percheron but when you look at her there is really nothing there to indicate so.
     
    07-18-2008, 08:52 PM
  #7
Green Broke
M2G wrote:
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Those freakin' amish probably heard you say that's what you were looking for and went "yea yea that's what this horse is!
LOL! I think you're absolutely right! We're having major issues with the Amish right now regarding a barn of ours that they recently took down.

Anyway, that's what I thought about Luna's momma. Thanks so much for your input!
     
    07-18-2008, 09:45 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Definitely a belgian/cross not a halflinger. Cute horse.
     
    08-11-2008, 03:03 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Okay, I'm really confused now. The vet was out last week to do surgery on Luna's eyelid (she was diagnosed with entropion in Jan.), but it turned out it corrected itself and surgery wasn't necessary. Anyway, he believes that she really is haflinger/standardbred and not part belgian. I didn't show him a picture of Luna's mom, but described her and he said, "yes, that sounds like a haflinger". I am going to see if I can get my parents to email me a current pic of Luna's mom since the one I posted was from a year ago and see if you all think differently.

I also asked him about how big he thought Luna would get (she's at 14 hh now) and he said that she'll probably only grow another inch or two in height because...and I'm quoting him..."at a year old a horse is 90 percent of its overall height and 60 percent of its overall weight".

Any thoughts on that?
     
    08-11-2008, 11:19 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Not halflinger.

And drafts grow until they are 8 - not sure how much crosses but I'm sure they'll grow after 2 or three. My Perch had a growth spurt when he turned 7.
     

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