Question for haflinger owners
I just got a new little girl, "Jolene". She is about 2.5 yo. I have never had a haffie before nor do I have any experience w them. She is 13, perhaps even as short as 12.2 hh. I have not measured her, yet. Anyway, from your experience w this particular breed - do they (on average) grow much after this age? Judging from her cannon, I don't see her growing much. Its okay if she doesn't, I just wondered what the chances of her growing might be.
Iv had two haflingers and they dont generally grow any bigger than 14hh.They were both 3 when we got them and from experience id say that she wont grow much more maybe a little but not a huge amount if that makes sense.Hope that helps :)
I have a 2.5 yr old haflinger filly, she is still slightly smaller than her mum who is 14.1, but I expect her to grow as big. I will back her next summer and then probably give her the following winter off :-)
when will you be posting pictures of your little haffie? :D
Here she is:
I got my haffie as a three year-old. I've had him for almost two years now, and he's filled out alot in those two years. Haffies generally will reach their max height at about three but don't finish filling out until sometimes almost five, especilly in the neck/shoulders. Maybe I'll postsome pics as an example in a little bit... but generally they d take a while to phsically (and mentally) mature, but they also tend to have a longer lifespan, sooo.... They make up for it in the long haul. I've heard of haffies still working and riding and cantering and healthy at the age of forty!
Well, what follows is not related to height -but, rather, personality. Hmmm. My mare and Jolene get along well. It's just that Jolene somehow "politely" put herself in "number one" position. I am rather shocked. Part of the reason I got her was to keep my mare company and take a bit of her "focus" off of me; I couldn't open a door w/o her whinnying non-stop, much less do any sort of work in her sight. My mare is the love of my life. While all is well, I just feel like Jolene, the little "upstart", sure has some nerve!! :) I did not think that at 2 yo and under 13hh she would "push" my mare anywhere!!!
Haffies are very smart and do tend to place themselves in situations they think should be sorted out. I have told how years ago, my daughter's Haffie stepped in when a stallion attacked her. The stallion was younger and a lot bigger than the Haffie, but little Dandy, who is a gelding, VERY quickly came to her aid, and with bared teeth, put the stallion in the corner of the corral and made sure he stayed there. It was absolutely plain to the young stallion, that Dandy meant business. Dandy then proceeded to eat the stallion's food, while the stallion looked on and didn't move from his corner.
Make sure your Haffie doesn't over eat. They are little eating machines. They also seem to be 'thinking' machines. Nothing much escapes them. Probably won't grow much taller but they can carry surprising weight, for their size.
My Haffie is definitely the boss of the field. The funny thing is, the smaller a creature is, the nicer he is to it. Therefore, he is very dominant with my big mare, not so dominant with my Half-Welsh three-year-old, and he will let goats or dogs share his food.
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