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post #1 of 10 Old 01-27-2019, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Between Golden Ears: A Golden Pony in The Golden State

I figured it was time to start a member journal for myself, although I’ve maintained a blog (first on Blogspot for about 8 years and then on my own web server since 2016) which has extensive tales of our past adventures, so I’m only going to begin reporting from here on out.

The spotlight is always on the golden pony, Mighty Mitch MRH, himself, who has a small claim to fame in that years ago, a friend of mine who was doing a website on equine color genetics asked if I would donate a picture of Mitch for the pangare example. That was the very first picture I ever took of him, fresh off the trailer at our boarding barn, so googling “pangare haflinger” usually displays Mitch as the very first image.

I’ve owned Mitch for nearly 11 years now (mid February, 2008) and he’s almost 20 years old, his birthday is actually the day before mine (although I am not 20 ) and we’ve had our ups and downs (saddle fitting woes, training issues, The Big Splat … which was my broken leg in a driving accident) but we’ve come out the other side in a pretty good relationship. Time has smoothed his youthful exuberance, one might say. He still has plenty of vim and vigor, but isn’t so headstrong anymore.

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I've admired that picture many a time. Looking forward to reading more!
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How awesome! There is a Haffie across the street with the pangare gene....love the look! Looking forward to more pics and looking at your blog when I have some more time to do so! ;)
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-12-2019, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Today is the 11th anniversary of the day that Mitch and I became a team.




We've been thorough a lot together, and I hope for the next 11 years to be as awesome as the first. He's only 20, he's got loads more adventures in him yet!
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Lovely photo's and what a pretty boy. I hope that you two have many awesome adventures together. 20 is still young. :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-13-2019, 01:15 AM
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what is pangare gene?
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@tinyliny I am no expert but was always told that the pangere gene causes the lighter muzzly, tummy etc. Many horses thought to be brown but with a tannish muzzle have the pangere gene
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-13-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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@tinyliny I am no expert but was always told that the pangere gene causes the lighter muzzly, tummy etc. Many horses thought to be brown but with a tannish muzzle have the pangere gene
Yup! That’s the Pangaré/mealy gene. It’s basicaly what makes Fjords look the way they do (Pangaré on the dun modifer, I think) and Exmoor ponies (Pangaré on the bay gene). Haflingers have Pangaré in the chestnut gene which makes them look the way they do. Mitch just happens to express more of it since having a white belly and white legs is actually considered a flaw in Haflinger breed standards.

He really stands out in the winter before he gets clipped. He turns a red chestnut, but is more golden in the summer and once he gets clipped.
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And we’ve made it an even dozen years. May there be many more!! Happy 12th Gotcha Day, Mitch!

My Freeform Classic arrived Monday, so I got to try it out yesterday. I wasn’t sure if the sheepskin seat saver from my dressage saddle would fit, but I made it work. Gotta have the cushion! I swapped the compositi stirrups that came with it for my caged EzRides. The leathers were awesome, pretty much like webbers so it was easy to change. The billets are loooooooong, even with my short mohair girth I was almost at the top of the billet holes. I’ll need to figure out if my girth is longer than 18” because I thought it was 18” (but maybe it’s 20” … gotta compared it to the 18” Thorowgood girth I have). I used my Equipedic knockoff pad that has a spine channel and pads.

I gotta say, I’m glad I got this saddle. I like treeless, the Haffie-face likes treeless because he moves way better in a treeless saddle than anything else ever. I loved my Sensation and the Barefoot was nice (although awfully wide), but the Freeform is in a class all of its own. It was very very much like riding in your typical AP saddle, with a twist that was really comfortable. Nice secure seat too, although I might want to save up and get the trail seat with the higher cantle to swap out with the one I have. Oh yeah, the seats are interchangeable! Love it.

I think for now, I’ll probably keep using my Not-Abetta endurance saddle for any longer rides since I have to figure out how I can rig up saddle bags on the Freeform. It’s an older model so it only has breast collar dee rings and lacks the other dee rings further down the flap where I could tie saddle bags. But all our schooling is going to be in the Freeform, especially since Mitch is a bit plump. I’ll also need to order a crupper, although I didn’t get much slipping around because I had a breastcollar and my girth is a roper style.
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He’s gorgeous One of the first horses I ever rode was a haffie-cross, named Buddy. He was my first “bolt” experience too. I cantered him up a little hill in the pasture, and he kept going and ran, bucking back to the barn. I think I was 10, and I didn’t even try to stop him... just held on. By the time the adults made it to the barn we were both just sitting there in paddock and I was still on his back too scared to move

That horse was packing us around for a long time, though, and was really a saint. I think he was 32 when he passed, and sound. That bolt was the only “bad” experience I can remember having with him.
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