About 2 weeks ago I found an ad "3 year old haflinger gelding" and that was all it said. I went to check it out and found these:
Not exactly the 3 year old haflinger the ad said. Not even sure if haflinger or haflinger mix? The guy who had them had bought them as a favor from someone else who couldn't afford to feed them. He only had them for about 2 weeks and didn't want to keep them. Went home and thought about it....
A couple days later...
Meet Weasel! Oh wait...what a crappy name. We changed it to Rascal. Just couldn't get this little one off my mind.
Poor boy - he was not halter broke and could only be caught with the lure of sweet feed...but not for long. The first day we had him leading well and caught him fairly easily in the arena. However - he hadn't the slightest idea what hot wire was and even though I walked him around the front pasture and let him touch it so he knew it was hot - he still went through the other side! Then ran INTO another pasture and from that pasture ran into the back pasture and then out the back. 4 sets of hot wire - you would have though he would have learned. He didn't stop in the neighbors super long back field but instead cut across it, then through the woods, into another field and then over the hill where we had to really hunt to find him. Fun times. Finally did find him - with a good amount of blackberry bramble cuts on my legs and crawling with ticks.
So fast forward 2 weeks later. He is no respectful of hot wire. Easy as pie to catch - well at least for me. He still moves off from hubby, but we are working on it. And I think he is looking a bit better. Here is Rascal - pics taken yesterday.
However, I'm not seeing much if any haflinger. Maybe a mix, but I do think I"m seeing Rocky Mountain with the shape of his head, his longer back legs, and considering the common breeds in this area.
My vet was out today and gave him a once-over and his vaccines. Said he looked like a draft cross. Teeth do say he is between 1 & 2 years of age. My vet also thinks he may have been stunted, but still believes he has time to catch up and should end up being a decent size horse.