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Possible Haflinger Purchase – Thoughts?

I’m thinking about purchasing a Haflinger (#30536-08) currently listed on Dreamhorse, and I found some old YouTube footage of said horse. I’d appreciate a critical eye. My hope would be to casually compete in hunter paces and intro-only endurance. Are there any breed specific issues that I should be aware of for a PPE? Also, does anyone have an opinion on his breeding or can give a quick tutorial on what lines are preferred and why? I now have more current videos but wouldn’t feel comfortable posting without permission. Thanks in advance!

Current Listing: https://www.dreamhorse.com/ad/2150880.html

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Original Breeder’s Website Description:
NIKADEMUS AHR#30536-08 (NEVION GLYN ERYR RAH x LUTANZAGOLD OF TURTLE WALK) sold
BIG gelding. 15.2 hands and sweet. Nice movement. In training for about 12 months total off and on. Had limited training prior to November 2012 then came into full time training before winter shut
it down. Started back into full/part time in May 2013 until December 2013. Good on trail ready for lots more time under saddle and you can focus this horse any way you choose. He has already packed beginning riders but is best suited for a novice rider or better. Has been in partial training for dressage from April 2014 to August 2014 with a clients trainer. Best fit is with an owner who is confident with their horse both on the ground and saddle. Still a young BIG horse who wants direction. We call him Gus and he is a steady character on trail. For showing western or dressage he will need more saddle training. Ready for intro level dressage. His canter is very nice and easy to ride. As a family horse he is going to be great. Gus LOVES toys and learns tricks easily.
 

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Was this guy at Top of the Line Farm? Looks like Holly’s place in the old videos. I’ve never been there, but I know someone who does endurance in Redding and says it’s a great place. They had a mare that was a very near relative to my gelding that I sort of dreamed about. Someday I hope to make the 7+ hour drive up there and get a new golden pony for myself.

He’s an N-line, but I looked up his pedigree and he’s got some nice A-line stallions in his ancestry. Aristocraft TOF is like one of the best Haflinger stallions out there in the states, and there’s Alpen Konig (who shows up top and bottom in my M-line gelding) was really good too.

For Hunter pace and intro level endurance, you couldn’t go wrong. Haflingers can jump the moon if they wanted to. Somewhere, there’s a video of a mare jumping a 4ft fence from a standstill and Nordtirol was a stallion in Europe who set some pretty good jumping records for the breed (5.5ft) and he’s on the larger side, so that’s a plus. A friend of mine did 50 milers with her Haffie mare, so Intro level wouldn’t be hard at all, they’ll go all day with the right conditioning. I’ve always wanted to do intro with my gelding, was hoping this would be our year even though he’s 21, but covid-19 and all.

He’s nicely put together and pretty modern built. Haffies can be prone to overeating if they’re not managed carefully, but generally, they’re pretty healthy. Great feet. And iron stomachs for the most part. I’d say go for it. 11 hours is too far a drive for me, and who’s got money, but dang, he looks like a good deal.
 

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Yes, he does come from Top of the Line. He's had two owners since then. I thought the videos all look very promising. I really appreciate the breeding specifics. I'm about as adept at understanding lines as I am with calculus, and I nearly failed calculus.
 
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