Originally Posted by Celeste
This colt is very solid. His height is an asset.
Well thank you for your opinion, but again with utmost respect I was hoping that the OP may answer all of my questions.
Your opinion that his height is an asset it that, an opinion.
With Haflingers, the standard always called for them being chunky little monsters, around the 14.2hh mark and SOLID. We are now seeing solid Haffies around the 15.2 hh mark, and also smaller Haffies that are looking finer than Arabs in their structure, both things that I lament in that breed.
With Arabians, I don't know what different places call for, but one Google search gives me
The breed standard for Arabian horses, as stated by the United States Equestrian Federation, describes the Arabians as standing between 14.1 and 15.1 hands (57 to 61 inches (145 to 155 cm)) tall, "with the occasional individual over or under." Thus, all Arabians, regardless of height, are classified as "horses," even though 14.2 hands (58 inches (147 cm)) is the traditional cutoff height between a horse and a pony. A common myth is that Arabians are not strong because of their size. However, the Arabian horse is noted for a greater density of bone than other breeds, short cannons, sound feet, and a broad, short back; all of which give the breed physical strength comparable to many taller animals. Clearly, for tasks where the sheer weight of the horse matters, such as farm work done by a draft horse, or team roping, any lighter-weight horse is at a disadvantage, but for most purposes, the Arabian is a strong and hardy breed of light horse able to carry any type of rider in most equestrian pursuits
As I understand it the purpose of the Arab was to be a small horse that can carry an adult all day. I was just wondering from the OP's point of view as a breeder if she is going to go away from standard and breed a bigger Arab, or what the thought is.
While a mourn the loss of the traditional shape and size of the Haflinger, because I'm not so much into Arab breeding, when I was looking to buy one, I would have liked to find a bigger option, Ace at 15 hh and Emmy at a little over are just an inch or two short for me, I wouldn't change them now, but I'm interested in the thinking of another breeder when looking at their own goals compared to breed standards.