Thank you! Yes, he is by Benno's Dream. I really enjoy riding him. I also have a two year old filly by Benno's Dream out of my Crown Heartbreaker mare, and can't wait to get her under saddle. Got another year to go.
Everyone has such beautiful ponies! I love to see all the Haflingers. I used to start haflingers for a breeder friend, Whale Cove Farm in Rockport, MA. Any of these Haffies decendants of their ponies? They haven't been breeding for a few years now.
Twinlights, I don't think any of these Haflingers are the same bloodlines as those from Whale Cove Farm, but I'm not positive. Small world though, isn't it?
A breeder I know from Wisconsin bred at least one of her Haflinger mares to Makuba and got a super sport pony. I think she also bred to Benno's Dream as well.
So many fancy sport ponies here! Honeylips, I absolutely love Golden State! He's a rock star! :-) And someone posted pics of a very fancy bay GRP that was part Hanovarian. Super nice photos
of so many small horses and ponies!
I am going to try to post a couple other pics of siblings to Rosina and Reahna, but I need to wait until I get to a computer.
That is too bad, it was a long shot though. I know they had sold off all their mares years ago. My favorite was Dueana. But I thought I had tracked Udolfa and Rockport Rose to a farm in MI.
Anyway, still love the breed.
I really love Golden State as well. Waiting to breed my mare to him in a month. This will be a fantastic cross. This one will be for me!
If I can just work on my riding enough to deserve it we will be all set, lol. May have to hire someone,
It's so wonderful seeing all of these gorgeous ponies! Bennos Dream has been a favorite of mine for awhile and it's nice to see what he produces It's also great to see all these gorgeous sporty Haflingers since my girl really takes after her mom in everything but color. I will be incredibly happy if she has even an ounce of the talent that the Haflingers posted on this thread have!
My little girl, Katai - 13.2 Haflinger/Unicorn
and her blog
"Ponies are the new black. Welcome to the darkside!" - Manahmanah
Odie was awesome today! Personal best score was on my WB mare from back in 2003 - a 78%. She was very talented and ranked in the top 5 High Performance horses a few years later. But to come this close on a pony - well - next time a buyer who is 5'5 or under says say "its just a pony" or "i want something over 15 hand" I'm just going to roll my eyes. On a good pony, with good training and good riding - the size make no difference whatsoever. The judges could CARE LESS>
Golden State - 2012 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion & 2014 USDF Horse of the Year
Golden West - 2014 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
Petit Marc Aurel- FEI Dressage Pony Stallion
We were finished, and I opened up the gates between the yard and the paddocks so that Max could have a long free run if he wanted it. And He did. He went to the farthest end of the yard and turned around and then he just exploded into an amazing gallop. With the gate open there is a long straight run with plenty of room to turn in a number of directions at either end or even in between.
Max can now make pretty tight turns, something he could not do at all when he first came in. So, he now knows that he can make tight turns, and he now knows he can bend .... so he went from a flat out gallop to a nice bouncy trot, did two tight turns around some trees and took off again at a dead run ... threw in series of small bucks and then tried some sort of tight turn at a pretty fast strung out canter .... that was where he lost it. Front feet slipped out from under him. He was going so fast that he just ended up on his side in a little ball sliding through the dirt. Once he quit sliding, he thought about it for a few seconds and then popped right up, shook himself off and began trotting.
He is fine. He just needs to get used to his new found skills.
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I moved my pony this weekend to a new barn...a "pony barn". There are ponies, ponies everywhere! I got to hang with a bunch of pre-teen girls squealing at my pony's extreme cuteness It's a great atmosphere, girls on ponies! They have a uber fancy small pony who is a little dressage superstar, and about a dozen dressage/eventing ponies of all sizes. So much fun! 75% of the horses/ponies are under 15.2.
My pony walked in and seems to have figured out she belongs there, none of her typical shenanigans!
[QUOTE=ironbessflint;6890258]Udolfa and Rockport Rocca were at Wyldehaven in Florida. I know she had to sell off her stock a couple years ago, and I THINK they both went out to California.
I thought the names of those two mares sounded familiar. I know Lee at Wyldehaven but have not been in touch with her for a few years. She had a fantastic Haflinger stallion that was an amazing mover and did very well in dressage, placing third under saddle (I think the suitability class) the year he went to Dressage at Devon. I have not heard anything about him for the last few years. Ironbessflint, do you know where he ended up? Lee may still have him; I'm not sure.
When I bought Max I was told his feet were "messed up". That was true. Just the fronts. He arrived with underslung heels, toes way too long, bulges in the sidewalls, semi-contracted heels and basically semi-crushed heels ... and shoes more than two sizes too small. And he was being jumped. His 'dressage' training was a bit on the 'unconventional' side to go along with everything else.
The shoer I had at the time didn't understand the problem, so I had to get another farrier. Max now wears a size 4 on his fronts. And I can tell he feels the difference. It has been an amazing transformation.
Baroque Pony, Max looks quite versatile under saddle, and is really moving out in some of those trot shots. How tall is he again? ( I had a couple of other questions, but I can probably answer them myself if I find your earlier posts.)
I can't believe he had shoes on them that were so small! There is no excuse for ignorance. I hate when animals have to suffer because people don't know enough to ask for help (or don't care enough). The previous owner's farrier should have caught that problem before it got worse (unless they never had him out at regular intervals), if not the trainer. (Sorry, I know it is easy to critique others, but I just get so annoyed when I hear that sort of thing. I ask tons of questions, and as an educator, still feel like I will always be a lifelong student as well!)
Here are a couple of other photos of my youngsters who are dressage prospects. Radiance of New Horizons (aka "Chela") is the two-year-old filly (pictured as a yearling in these photos) and is a full sister to Reahna and Rosina who I posted earlier.
Ressonance of New Horizons (aka "Ria") is a yearling (pictured as a weanling) and is out of the same dam as the other mares and the first foal by my stallion, Stellar TVR. Needless to say, I am very excited about both of them, and hope that they grow up to follow in the hoofprints of their big sisters!
Ria was not happy in the trot photo. She thought I was pretty dumb to be making her move around when she wanted to eat the grass. She really does have a wonderful temperament, though you would not know from the annoyed expression on her face.
Some very nice ponies. I love the grade ponies. They often seem to be such good packers.
I love the look of the Hafflingers, but my sole experience with a Haffie/QH cross didn't end very well. I liked him a lot. but he and Max became enemies literally. Two very different styles of fighting and personality.
New Horizons, Max is 14.1 1/2 hh, carded. He now is in size 3 shoes. His feet needed to grow out, and his tendons needed to tighten back up and get strong.
I get pretty upset sometimes over the high percentage of horses and ponies that get ruined before they are even in the prime of their life.