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RATHER BE RIDING 03-16-2013 02:07 PM

Need Input from Haflinger Owners
I am considering buying a 5 year old Haflinger. The person who owns her now has her on a dry lot with grass access a couple of hours a day. If I buy her, I do not have a dry lot. She would be on 10 acres with 3 other horses. Our pasture is not lush, but has adequate grass for all. She would be ridden about 5 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Is this enough to keep her weight in check or should I pass? Please do not suggest keeping her in a stall. I would rather have no horse, than one I had to keep stalled all the time. I cannot create a dry lot because I board and it is not my field.

This is my first experience with the Haflinger breed and hear that they can get fat off of air. I just want to make sure that I can provide a good home for her.

Any other advice on the breed would be appreciated also.

palogal 03-16-2013 03:20 PM

You can always get her a grazing muzzle and put it on her a few hours a day if you're worried. Bring ridden that much she should be fine though.

2horses 03-16-2013 04:01 PM

I have a Haflinger who stays chunky year-round, even in the winter when he has hay instead of grass. However, he has never had any health issues. I don't keep him in a stall because he would be miserable. I tried a grazing muzzle for a while, but he was incredible at getting it off. I think it would be difficult to keep a Haflinger "thin", but like I said before, mine hasn't suffered from being a little chunky. He seems to get more of a hay/grass belly than fat build-up all over his body.

boots 03-16-2013 07:55 PM

Many of my friends have Haflingers for pulling the hay wagon and light farm work. They report no problems with having them out to pasture.

They are kind of a chunky breed for a reason. I wouldn't worry right off and like the suggestion for a grazing muzzle, if needed. Definitely wouldn't stall one.

One of my buds wants me to bring up a couple polo saddles, mallets and balls and play what he hopes is the first chukker of Halfie polo! I hope his good humored and endlessly patient wife will video and photograph our attempt.

I really like Halflingers.

Allison Finch 03-16-2013 08:22 PM

I have a student who has a "haffie". He is fabulous! He does dressage



An amazing little guy!

I recently taught a clinic in Canada and a student came with a haffie. It was nice how quickly he picked things up! I got a kick out of getting on him.

Hard to go wrong with such a tough and hardy breed.

RATHER BE RIDING 03-17-2013 02:06 PM

Thank you for the input and the pictures. The breed was not even on my radar until we came across this little mare. The more research I do, the more I like them. If anyone has more pics they would like to post, I would love to see them.

deserthorsewoman 03-17-2013 04:19 PM

This guy placed 2nd of 40. NRHA show.

Here are more:
Haflinger im Sport -

Pasture should be fine, as long as the Hafi is being worked regularly. If metabolic problems already exist, I would pass, if drylot is not possible.

Haflingers in general are a lot of bang for the buck. But, can be quite hard-headed. In fact, the only serious argument I ever had with a horse in 45 years was with a Hafi;-)

deserthorsewoman 03-17-2013 04:46 PM

A stallion presentation of Edelblut Haflingers. They carry more than 1.5% Arabian blood, have their own studbook. Me like:-)

myQHpaul 03-17-2013 04:49 PM

I have had a quarter gelding, paint mare, and now a Haflinger gelding. He will be the last horse I own. He can be as stubborn as a mule but sharp as a tack. He learns quickly and is like a large 4 wheeler on trails. He is very mellow and extremely friendly. I think if you keep your Haffie on a training program and keep them working, grazing outside should not be a problem. Good luck.

deserthorsewoman 03-17-2013 04:54 PM

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