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My Haffy going off to "school" UPDATE

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  • My Haffy going off to "school" UPDATE

    Thanks to the COTH I am very happy with the trainer I am sending my Haffy to. He is turning 4 this month. (the horse not the trainer LOL)

    In my many years of riding I have never actually sent a horse "off" for training. He will be a couple of hours away.

    I plan to bring his feed, some hay to transition to their hay as well as flyspray, hoof dressing, and sunscreen for his nose. Oh and his bridle. (he is on no supplements)

    Any other suggestions for what I should send with him? I feel very comfortable with the trainer and think he knows what my expectations are but do plan to talk to him and ask lots of questions.

    Any advice on getting my baby ready to leave home is appreciated
    Last edited by bizbachfan; May. 5, 2011, 03:58 AM.
  • Original Poster

    okay bumping for a little moral support I am wishing I had something to do to help like sewing labels on his clothes

    I am sure all will be well!


    • #3
      It just depends on the trainer really.

      My trainer needs nothing but their blankets and boots if they use them. He uses his own bridles on all the horses, but I'm sure plenty of trainers expect the client to supply the horse a bridle.

      I would just ask your trainer if he needs anything specific. Hopefully the training goes well!


      • Original Poster

        thanks, trainer did ask for Bridle and I am glad as he is sensitive to certain bits.
        Just feel like a mom sending her kid to preschool


        • #5
          Send him with a sheet of paper that gives his last dates of shots, coggins, worming, teeth, and trimming; the amounts of feed/hay he's used to getting, any vet conditions they should be aware of, all your contact information, and the number for your insurance company if applicable.


          • #6
            Halter? - how is turnout handled? lately I've found alot of barns are insisting on halters during T/O so I insisted on a breakaway halter ...

            I'd put a name plate on his bridle, mark anything with a name/phone number, if you leave more than 1 bit, include an itemized list (I'm assuming that the trainer has staff).

            Consider whether you want general brushes/saddle pads/coolers used or if you want to supply all that.


            • #7
              I've never sent one away before, so I can't help, but just sending best wishes for you and your boy as he goes off to big school

              I hope he does really well.

              Oh, I take it you've warned his new teacher that he is a special needs student, differently gifted Haflinger, probably able to inhale food from a distance, able to walk through closed doors. sense of humor, all good Haflinger qualities.

              Proudly owned by 4 Haflingers
              I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

              Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


              • #8
                Just a thought - what saddle are you using?
                & how many trainers keep saddles around that fit haflingers?

                I'd be bringing my saddle just in case ...


                • Original Poster

                  Thank you everyone, the saddle is a good point. I have advised that he can jump out of paddocks, open stall doors and take down fences. Trainer is confident his hot wire will hold him in. Good idea to write everything down that I am sending with him and his feeding schedule and contact infromation.

                  Also definitely good to send him with a breakaway halter.

                  Thanks I will update his progress!


                  • #10
                    OK....1-2-3 BREATHE.

                    Don't stress too much and turn it into a 3 year old kids first trip to day care. Trainer is a Pro here and you can relax about alot of this stuff.

                    Ask the trainer specifically what he needs and follow CBoylens advice about the vet records.

                    I would guess that once your Haffy starts school, he is going to be too tired to go jumping out of paddocks. Try not to hover like a helicopter parent too much. Check...but not 3 times a day. Maybe every 3 days or so.

                    Sit back and enjoy a little more free time while that Pro does their job-you might get to like it.
                    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                    • Original Poster

                      Great advice, for me the nervous mom He is such a good boy and I know he loves to have a job so this will be good for him and me since I am traveling for work a lot right now.


                      • #12
                        How often will you be actually visiting your Haffie? Often I hope.

                        Meantime, My friend is owned by a Haffie mare that was a broodmare for 10 years. She's a trip and can she ever move out with those short legs! After just two weeks of being under saddle she was moved to her Fl home. Fast learner and riding nicely.

                        But geesh...she turns all of the geldings nearby into raging uncontrollable stallions who buck their riders off and tear away from their restraints! (ask me how many times I've witnessed this??!!) Must be that gorgeous big dappled butt!
                        "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"


                        • #13
                          Good luck! How exciting!!

                          I am owned by a halfie - a half haffie! I think he inherited all the naughty, quirky little Haffie traits though, unlocking stalls, stealing the halters off the wall and throwing them on the ground, escaping fencing, inhaling food (he once broke into the feed room and ate almost an entire bag of feed with zero consequences), etc etc.


                          • Original Poster

                            Yes Haffie's are amazing in so many ways!! This one has jumped out of his paddock numerous times, bulldozed a few fences and unlocked his stall door. When I got him he was trained to drive, had been successfully shown in driving dressage classes and Haflinger breed classes but only been ridden twice. He has been wonderful to work with, brave and willing and never been a bad boy under saddle, he saves that for the pasture.

                            He had never been on a step up trailer until yesterday and jumped on with enthusiasm. He was calm as could be when we arrived at the trainer's farm and settled in right away. I plan to try to visit once a week. I am so excited, he is such a fast learner and has great retention once he learns something. I never knew much about Haflingers and this one just "happened" and I am so glad he did.

                            P.S. is it Haffy or Haffie?

                            Here he is chilling out in his "dorm room"

                            Last edited by bizbachfan; Apr. 2, 2011, 08:00 AM.


                            • #15
                              *SULK* It wont let me see the picture..

                              Haffie or Haffy? they are both equally incorrect because we should always refer to them in full as Haflinger

                              I use the Y version, as you may have noticed.

                              I'll be watching out for more updates as his training progresses, what's his name BTW?
                              I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                              Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


                              • Original Poster

                                Hey Haffy his registered name is Nestor, didn't love it but no other nickname every stuck. I will double check to make sure my photos are public.

                                Okay fixed my setting.


                                • #17
                                  Even bigger *SULKS* it still wont let me look at the picture
                                  I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

                                  Practicing Member of the Not too Klassy for Boxed Wine Clique


                                  • #18
                                    Bes tof luck to him! Sounds like an entertaining one!

                                    Also can't see the pics

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                                    • Original Poster

                                      sorry guys on the pictures. I don't have great ones of him right now. Will try to get some video when I go visit him next time.


                                      • #20
                                        I have grown to love haffies. A student bought one and here he is on his first day trying cross country. Amazing attitude!