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post #11 of 16 Old 01-26-2010, 10:04 AM
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I fell in love last Fall with Lyric's mom, Comanche. Here is the thread I started on her https://www.horseforum.com/horse-pict...omanche-46029/. She's an coming 8 yr old mare that has only been used as a broodmare. She's halter broken and that's pretty much it. I'm fully capable of training her. She's in foal for a 2010 baby to a buckskin sire. (both are AQHA) I am really excited about the baby, but also EXTREMELY nervous as I'm aware that things can go wrong. They are asking $650 for her. Did I mention I'm a big fan of quarter horses. I've never owned another breed.

The other day I found this guy. He's a haflinger x qh 2009 colt. Here isthe thread I started about him. https://www.horseforum.com/horse-bree...uestion-46015/ I am hoping to go see him sometime this week. (after our blizzard goes away.) I don't know what it is about him that pulls to me, but it does. I've honestly never heard of the haffy breed until now and reading about them (thanks to Cheyaut Haflinger Horses )only makes them so much more interesting and makes me think I could really enjoy a haffy. I'm a huge fan of smaller horses anyway. They are asking $300 for him.

Now I don't know which way I want to go. Comanche or this little guy?

I'm nervous about going with Comanche because I've never had a pregnant mare before even though it's been my dream. I'm terrified that something might go wrong even though she seems to deliver just fine on her previous babies. She would be due around the same time all our cows are due to calve. And then I worry that I might be biting off more than I can chew..maybe I can only train/break two yr olds...what if everything I've done before doesn't work for an older mare?

The little haffy colt would definately be the easier choice. I'm so intriqued by the haffy breed. I love the stocky smaller build look. He would be close to the same age as Lyric. I think he'd fit in nicely with Lillie and Lyric.

<sigh> I'm so torn. Maybe once I go and see him the decision will be easier to make.
Do you know how big the colt is going to get? are you planning this as a resale at some point? I think QHs would be a much easier resale than the pony but I think you've already made up your mind. Ultimately, I think you're the only who can make the decision. You know how much money, time and experience you have to spend on either 2 green horses or just the one. It's a big task to break a horse to ride. The advantage of the older mare is that mentally she will be more settled and ready to go for riding. You'll have to wait if you grab the colt and it takes a lot longer for them to mature mentally as well. I find there are more risks with younsters to because you now have to deal with the fact they might get hurt or sick before they even make it to riding time.

Having said that, the best horses I have owned were the youngsters who I raised myself, the way I wanted them. Nothing beats that. I myself would go for the mare BUT its going to be a lot more work.
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No, I don't think they have a better chance, I was just throwing a couple things out there that everyone is familiar with.
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Tough decision.

I went and looked at the haffy cross pics (I couldn't when I responded earlier on that thread as most photos are blocked at work, but i"m home now). He doesn't look haffy. I know he's only 1/2 and it's likely you'll be able to tell he's part haffy when he grows up (people who have haffies can always tell my haffy/welsh cob mare is part haffy) but he's not a haflinger. Haflingers are great IMO and my haffy cross mare is wonderful. But if part of your reasoning in wanting him is the breed, keep in mind he's only half and won't look the part. Just in case that makes a difference to you :)


I think you should hold off deciding until you go meet him. Which horse do you click with better? Which feels right to you? If you get the mare, you're not getting one new horse, you're getting two. Do you have enough space, finances and time for two? I won't worry too much in your decision regarding possible foaling complications. Yes, they're possible, I sure know for sure (I've had more than my fair share!) but it's more likely all will go well. Being an experienced broodmare, and full size horse vs mini is in your favor ;)


Make a list of pros and cons for each horse. Think it over. Don't rush into anything. Let your gut tell you which one is right for you :) And while you're waiting for the day to see the haffy cross, look around at other horses for sale as well. You may find there's another horse out there that's even MORE right for you! Buying horses is so exciting and so frustrating at the same time ;)
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After thinking about the choice I needed to make, and using my fiance and the board here as a sounding board, I've decided to stick with my first choice which was Lyric's Mom, Comanche. She's who I've been thinking about non stop for MONTHS now.

The main reason for considering the haffy x colt was the haffy side of him. I am extremely intrigued by the breed. I hope I'm lucky enough to own one in the future. But I guess it boiled down to his other half (his qh side) I wasn't willing to gamble on it. If I am going to go for a haffy (which I do want ONE DAY), I want to go all the way.

Thank you for everyone's thoughts and opinions and allowing me to think outloud on the board.

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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That's what we're here for. I have no doubts that someday you will have the Haffy that you want.
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-03-2010, 08:29 AM
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I think that's a great decision :)
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