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post #1 of 9 Old 03-29-2011, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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has anyone ever used or seen a Haflinger used for western classes or games?

Hi guys,
My daughter who has been showing and riding english for 4 years decided that she would rather ride western and do games. Has anyone ever used a Haffie for western work....games?
If so do you have any videos?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-29-2011, 12:41 PM
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There are several people around here who use Haffie in Western classes. Some play in speed events but not like they do in the regular classes. Not so much b/c of the horse but b/c of what they like to do.

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post #3 of 9 Old 03-29-2011, 03:16 PM
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I've seen several haffies that go both english & western and do very well at both. I have one student with a matched pair of mares that are both great all-arounders! She does everything with them. Neither of them lays down super fast times in speed events, though I am sure they are capable and they certainly look adorable trying :)
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Thank you so much. He is the sweetest guy and it is for fun. I think he will do anything she asks him to do. He is shipping out for 30 days to work with a western gal. Crossing fingers for the big lugg.
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I showed my haflinger pony in western pleasure/horsemanship for many years as a kid, she always did well, & this past year she was shown in barrels. She did pretty good. They were just open fun show barrels though. Lol
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-08-2011, 10:55 PM
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Halfingers will work fine I'm sure
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There's a little girl in my Gymkhana's and Equestrian Team district that rides a haffie in Hunt Seat, Stock Seat, Barrels/poles/gaming, and a lot of other stuff. There's no reason you couldn't do it, especially if you're just going to play and have some fun :)

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post #9 of 9 Old 04-12-2011, 01:04 PM
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The one that almost won the versatility class at the aqha show a few years back was a haffie. It was cute english, ok western pleasure and kick-butt awesome in reining. It was quick on the barrels too but just couldn't beat that mule... the poor QH's got left behind! LMAO (actually one was slow at the barrels and a couple screwed up their patterns...) but the haffie and the mule were awesome.

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