Q for other Haflinger owners
I am just wondering what other haflinger owners experience has been w "natural" flexability - not what you can build to w an exercise routine. My little filly is the least "gifted" in this area I have ever seen. I should say I have never owned a haffie, prior. For example, all the horses I have ever owned had no trouble what-so-ever reaching around and "itching an itchy" on their bum-bum w their teeth, or scratching the back of their ear w a hind hoof at her age (3 in may). Not this little girl - I don't think she could pull it off. And, when I work on flexing her, her effort doesn't feel as "fluid" as I think a younster's should - and I don't mean from resistance, she complies to the ask quite well. She is of the "drafty" build, and is a reasonable weight for her build.
Maybe it is just her and not characteristic of the breed? Anyone? Remember, it is anonymous - no one will know you own one of these little trouble makers.:D
They are "compact" and very strong by nature which tends to limit natural flexibility. It can be improved upon but it will never equate a warmblood or other more limber breed. The more modern style haflingers don't have as much issue but I also believe they have a correlation in reduction of strength and carrying capacity.
That makes sense. Outside of my appyx, I am use to QH's. While QH's are power-houses (and very flexable), I have to admit - there is no doubt that pound for pound the haffie has them beat in the stregth department. I am just worried there is something a-miss.
I doubt there is any problem. I had a haflinger for 10 years and he never itched his own bum - he always got someone else in the herd to do it for him.
I hear they are just as flexable as a 2 x 4.
My haffy can itch her bottom, she flexes right round no problem. I think weight can be a restricting issue as often haflingers are seen as drafty heavy types when really they are over weight.
Weight can be a factor, but build plays a large part in it as well. Even when my haffie was extremely fit and trim - he wasn't flexing around for butt scratching. He had a lot of bulk muscle combined with a shorter muscular neck - it just did not happen.
"just wasn't happening" - haha. She is no more than a 7 on the wieght scale, I don't think. But, she does have that "bunchy" muscling, short neck, low to the ground (13hh) tanky build. Oddly, her agility is otherwise great, as she has no problem climbing "ladders" (rail fencing) - all the way up. A "one way" straight muscle system. :)
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