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post #31 of 33 Old 07-22-2013, 11:08 AM
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start looking. So many options. Arab x with a stock breed or draft(lots of nice arab/qh out there), tb x with stock or draft(tb x percherons are popular, as are appendix qh's), morgan or morgan cross, a quieter arab or ottb, a well suited qh, and the list goes on.

If bolting is your concern and you want something really quiet, look into the draft crosses, often they tend to be laid back.

I also question your use of the term 'advanced rider'. I've ridden most of my life, over a 100 horses, thousands of miles, mares, geldings and stallions, from 12hh-18hh(welsh, arab, draft, warmbloods and everything in between, except a fjord, I would like to try one of those), ridden dozens of thoroughbreds straight off the track, started colts, halter broke many horses, from weanling to mustangs straight out of the foot hills, to a 17.2hh Clydesdale stallion. I've competed in team penning, competed in endurance and CTR, ridden some crazy mountain trails, and jumped a fair bit for fun. I would consider my self intermediate. The more I learn the more I realize how little I actually know.
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post #32 of 33 Old 07-22-2013, 02:34 PM
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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!'
The lack of mis-information around some breeds astounds me. I know people who use haflingers as hunters (true, nothing high-level, but competitive in their local area) as some of them excell as jumper and they can gallop just fine. There is even an annual Haflinger race in Merano. The one I had was by no means "modern" but he could gallop!

The problem is not the breed - they are very versatile, especially with the different types out there - but the fact that everyone envisions this rolly poly pony and keeps them WAY too fat. Well yeah, if the horse is unfit and lugging around a few extra hundred pounds it does really impact their performance.
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post #33 of 33 Old 07-27-2013, 05:52 PM
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I had no intention of setting haffies down at all. OP said they were interested in hunters so, why advise a bred that is not technically in that bracket?
As a breed Hafs are very similar to the Highland Pony. When I was out Fox Hunting at a Pony Club Meet, I was riding a very calm 14.2 mare and had two small children on Lead reins. The mare was none to pleased to having to go steady and was pulling my arms out.
One of the lads riding a Highland was meant to be alongside one of the whips but his pony was not so keen to use so much energy so, I swapped with him. I went home with the two children leaving the lad with my horse. I had a wonderful ride on the Highland Pony! Just what I needed with two lead reins. He had a great time charging around on my mare alongside the whip.
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