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post #1 of 8 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.

The Girl and the Haflinger she loves
http://hayflinger.net/

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-27-2019, 06:32 AM
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I've admired that picture many a time. Looking forward to reading more!
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-27-2019, 10:13 AM
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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 8 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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post #5 of 8 Old 02-13-2019, 01:12 AM
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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 8 Old 02-13-2019, 01:15 AM
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what is pangare gene?
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-13-2019, 10:35 AM
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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 8 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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