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        07-20-2013, 09:10 PM
      #21
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    you better go and check out " Edelblut Haflinger" on YouTube ....short and fat.....pffffffft...
    that's so not fair their horses have legs! I will try to get pic's of our haflinger posted soon. She looks nothing like those horses.
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        07-20-2013, 10:52 PM
      #22
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    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
    They make those in tall??? I thought they only came in short and fat??
    My favorite ones tend to be short and fat but there are several lines that tend to produce around 15 hands or taller. And some of them are excellent at jumping.
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        07-21-2013, 01:44 AM
      #23
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
    that's so not fair their horses have legs! I will try to get pic's of our haflinger posted soon. She looks nothing like those horses.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=row0...e_gdata_player
    Not perfect, but....
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        07-21-2013, 07:00 AM
      #24
    Super Moderator
    First thing I would say is that 6 years of riding does not make you an advanced rider unless you have been riding six hours a day seven days a week on a variety of different types of horses!
    Only in America is there this fixation on breed. It means nothing at all because if you have a crossbreed horse then someone will start a registration for them without setting a breed standard or caring what type they are. Those who are silly enough to pay registration fees for this sort of breeding, have more money than sense.

    Look for a type rather than a breed, list what you want to do and work from there.
         
        07-21-2013, 04:03 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Personally, I love the good old thoroughbred, even my OTTB I wouldn't trade for the world.. There are quite a few TB's and WB's at my barn and they aren't all hot headed and crazy, some are but only every once in awhile, they aren't crazy ALL the time

    All that matters is you research your breed, listen to everyone's opinion on breeds and take them all in account and make a reasonable decision, when you do decide on a breed you're going to have to hunt a lot for the perfect one. But really it depends on you as the rider how your horses temperment is going to be and it's ability.
         
        07-21-2013, 05:05 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    While you may consider yourself an experienced rider, the fact that you mentioned you want a horse that doesn't bolt on you? Makes me think you might not have enough horse experience.

    All horses have the potential to bolt, if they sense the rider does not know what they are doing. Much of working, riding and handling of horses comes from knowing how to handle them, and not letting them get away with anything.

    If you are taking lessons, your instructor will have the best sense of what type of horse you are suited for.
         
        07-21-2013, 05:15 PM
      #27
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    Sorry but that Haffy, and all the breed that I have seen, would never be placed in a Hunter class in the UK. It cannot gallop to save its life and a good hunter should be able to 'open up!'
         
        07-21-2013, 08:05 PM
      #28
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Sorry but that Haffy, and all the breed that I have seen, would never be placed in a Hunter class in the UK. It cannot gallop to save its life and a good hunter should be able to 'open up!'
    That's probably because Hafis are not bred to hunt. Where they come from, " hunting" is practiced totally different, his job would be to carry the venison out of the mountains. The type of mountains ability and will to gallop would get him killed.
    Even now, present all over the world, galopping isn't really what he needs to do.
    There are two types of Hafis now, the traditional small light draft, also suitable for riding, and the mentioned EdelblutHafi for sport, lighter, taller, more movement.
         
        07-22-2013, 01:05 AM
      #29
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    That's probably because Hafis are not bred to hunt. Where they come from, " hunting" is practiced totally different, his job would be to carry the venison out of the mountains. The type of mountains ability and will to gallop would get him killed.
    Even now, present all over the world, galopping isn't really what he needs to do.
    There are two types of Hafis now, the traditional small light draft, also suitable for riding, and the mentioned EdelblutHafi for sport, lighter, taller, more movement.
    I realise this - much the same with Highland ponies. What I never said was the OP said they were interested in Hunters so why suggest a breed that is not what they are needing?
         
        07-22-2013, 06:41 AM
      #30
    Trained
    One of the modern Hafis would fit quite well, actually. Even for lower level hunter/ jumper. It all depends how " high" OP would want to go. And if there are any Edelblut here. I haven't seen any.
    But thinking about smaller horses who CAN go hunter without restrictions.....German riding ponies. They are at about 15 hands and are practically small refined warmbloods with heaps of ability........they are here in the US....
         

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