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post #1 of 35 Old 03-25-2011, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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What do you think of this Haflinger cross?

She's a 9 year old 14.1hh Haflinger x Arab (double registered American Haflinger and Half Arab) mare who I'm going to be buying from a friend.
As far as what I plan to do with her, mostly just casual pleasure riding and lower level competition...I ride both Western and English and I haven't really ever honed in on just one discipline, I'd like to try just about everything I can with her and maybe focus on whatever we end up liking most.

I'm very interested in learning more about conformation which is the main reason I'm posting her up here. I'd just like to see what better trained eyes can see about her and also see what disciplines you think her conformation might make her best suited to?

I hope the pictures are okay, I'm really bad with taking good conformation pictures but I gave it a good try. Let me know if I should try to take better ones next time I'm out. Also, please excuse how wet she is in some of them, lol...constant rain these days.

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post #2 of 35 Old 03-25-2011, 12:07 PM
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Cutie! I notice maybe a little base narrow? Pretty mane!!!!

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post #3 of 35 Old 03-25-2011, 12:13 PM
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Are you sure it is double registered? I do not believe that American Haflinger Registry does cross breeds.

ETA - copy and paste from the website, rule #2 - An animal must be the offspring of a purebred Haflinger sire and a purebred Haflinger dam with at least 6 generations.

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Im not much of an expert on conformation, but from what i can see she is base narrow, as someone else said. she also has really short cannon bones.. looks a little odd.
also her point of croup is further back than it could be, which will make it difficult for her to get her back legs underneath her. and she has a bit of a large her, but who knows - that big noggin could contain a big brain. could work out for the better :P she is a very pretty girl. can really see the arab in her face in the first picture and i like that she got the pretty haflinger colour.
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post #5 of 35 Old 03-25-2011, 01:41 PM
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I think she's a cutie pie!
As for confo, her legs & overall build is quite nice. Her neck however is a little too long and her head looks kinda big.
Nothing i would really worry about for what you plan to do with her.
I'd buy her personally ;)

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She is beautiful! Though her head and neck look bigger than the rest of her I still love the shape of her neck. she looks like she'll be a pretty mover and solid! (sorry not best on conformation)
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post #7 of 35 Old 03-25-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! This has been an interesting read.
And yes, she is a really pretty mover! I'll have to get some video sometime to post up.

As far as AHR, Alwaysbehind, I wondered the same thing. I have not yet seen the papers but was told that she was accepted because of being a good example of the breed, don't know though. I am told that all her registry paperwork is on its way over next week or so and then we'll see how that all looks.
As my friend also bought her from long-time family friends, I would doubt if they would lie about it, but maybe there has been a miscommunication somewhere down the line. I suppose we'll see when they come.
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Post when you find out. I doubt she is registered. There are several references to how strict they are about registering horses on the site.
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I can see her being registered with the AHA as a Half Arabian since that's what she is, but I wasn't aware the Haflinger Registry would register a mixed breed. As Always stated, they're pretty strict on what can and can't be registered.

Sounds to me like someone might be a little mixed up, thinking she was registered with the AHR.

I can definitely see the Arabian influence, so I'm unsure how she could be labeled as a good example of the Haflinger breed. It's pretty obvious she's not a purebred.

Good looking little horse, but definitely doesn't look like a purebred Haffie.

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post #10 of 35 Old 03-25-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the concern. I will definitely post an update when I learn more, but as it's not the important part of the topic, let's just move forward with more conformation critique for now.
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