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  • Got a Haflinger!

    I have found my riding partner --- a 10 year old Haflinger gelding named Trigger. He's 14.1, so I've also become a hony rider. Picked him up the day after Thanksgiving. I have him pasture boarded at a very small stable (7 horses total, 3 owned by the barn owner). Lots of beautiful pasture, and better yet, 250 acres of amazing trails! Rode for 1.5 hours today, uphill and down, crossed the creek multiple times --- some trails are challenging, some easy, all going through the woods. Trigger is a trail horse, and he's very good at his job, although we are still having a few discussions about who is in charge of where we go --- a little barn sour, but he loses every discussion we have!

    Still trying to figure out the saddle situation since he has a back like a card table. My FQHB western saddle is so close to fitting, but I think the bars aren't angled right for him, so I'll probably end up getting a saddle with a Haflinger tree.

    But Trigger is so darn cute and so much fun that it's worth it!

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    Congratulations! We need pictures.
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    • #3
      Yes, we need pictures. Its a rule, you know! Congrats on your new best friend.
      ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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      • #4
        Love them!! You are fortunate indeed!

        (be a bit mindful of the pasture, as Haflingers tend toward being....exceptionally easy keepers...)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dkcbr View Post
          Love them!! You are fortunate indeed!

          (be a bit mindful of the pasture, as Haflingers tend toward being....exceptionally easy keepers...)
          Yes, no lush pasture is best.

          Also have very good, solid fences.
          They are known for just walking thru any fence not up to their standards.
          Not running off, mind you, just exploring.

          Our riding center used to get the ones that came untrained.
          We re-trained them, but once back to their old homes, they again came untrained.
          The saving grace, they were safe, just tricksters with busy minds and their own idea of what their place in the world was.

          Seems that you have a good one there, pictures would help appreciate him.

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          • #6
            Congrats! Haflingers are a lot of fun!! And yes, we need pictures!

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            • #7
              Congratulations!

              I just bought a Haffie at the beginning of November. I could stare at him all day long! Mine is 7 and about 14.2. Perfect size for trail riding and great feet and tons of bone.
              I named my guy Copper.

              I am working on the saddle fitting thing too. Copper has a back you could serve Thanksgiving dinner for 4 on! I would say 6 or 8, but he is short backed! LOL!
              "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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              • #8
                Squeeeeeeee!
                Driving friend just got her 3rd.
                Great driving horses

                cutter99 That mane... 2 Die 4!

                Donkaloosa see why we need pics
                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                  cutter99, I gave in and ordered a saddle on a Haflinger tree that I hope will fit. It will be here tomorrow.

                  once I figure out how to post pictures, I'll put some up. Trigger is adorable --- I know, they only come in chestnut, but he's palomino with a white blaze.

                  I know they are easy keepers, and he gets a handful of grain 2x a day. The huge pasture is beautifully fenced with no climb.huge

                  I had to introduce him to a drop today. He pulled his "I'm going back to the barn" trick, so I gave him a light tap behind my leg. Oh, my, you'd have thought he'd been gifted by a tiger! A few times he thought about turning back, but a quick squeeze got him going my way. Had to tap him with the drop one more time on the ride, so that is a big improvement over our rides without a crop.

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                  • #10
                    I feel like I am familiar with your new Haflinger's older body double, who also came to a good friend's mother with the name Trigger! They, too, had an absolute nightmare with saddle fitting as he is, to put it politely, a bit of a table. They found that duett saddles have worked wonderfully on him, so if your forays into saddles end up being unsuccessful, maybe an idea for you.

                    I love them to death! They are, IME, terrifically smart (and can be deviously naughty as a result) but they are so much fun, and I've found much delight in being around them (although yes, definitely brush up on your fence repair skills and consider beefing up what you've already got because my goodness, tenacity and intelligence in a tankish pony body is a fearsome combination)! Congrats on your new guy, and I hope you enjoy him for many years!

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                    • #11
                      Donkaloosa, what brand of saddle did you get?
                      "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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                      • #12
                        Glad to read your happy news !!!

                        ENJOY !!!
                        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bluey View Post

                          Yes, no lush pasture is best.

                          Also have very good, solid fences.
                          They are known for just walking thru any fence not up to their standards.
                          Not running off, mind you, just exploring.

                          Our riding center used to get the ones that came untrained.
                          We re-trained them, but once back to their old homes, they again came untrained.
                          The saving grace, they were safe, just tricksters with busy minds and their own idea of what their place in the world was.

                          Seems that you have a good one there, pictures would help appreciate him.
                          You nailed it, Bluey. Same things happened at our barn. BO had leased a facility because she was between her original farm and the new one wasn't ready. Her horses were all outside. She bought 3 Haffies, sold 2. Starsha stayed and wow, he was never bored. There were about 3 feet of accumulated snow and he went through an electric fence into some brush. Retrieved him and fixed the fence. Half-hour later, a repeat. Then he did it a third time. Fourth time I told the BO it was her turn.

                          She lived about 20 minutes away, I lived across the road. You know when the phone rings at 3 a.m. and you think somebody died? I stopped panicking. BO is on the line, a horse is loose. Please meet the police. I fondly remember one morning when the cop showed up to help me capture Starsha. You could hear him galloping all over the place. He was headed down a moderate hill and the cop spotted him with his flashlight. Have you ever seen the glow in a Haflinger's eyes as he gallops straight for you in the pitch black?


                          "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Donkaloosa View Post
                            cutter99, I gave in and ordered a saddle on a Haflinger tree that I hope will fit. It will be here tomorrow.

                            once I figure out how to post pictures, I'll put some up. Trigger is adorable --- I know, they only come in chestnut, but he's palomino with a white blaze.

                            I know they are easy keepers, and he gets a handful of grain 2x a day. The huge pasture is beautifully fenced with no climb.huge

                            I had to introduce him to a drop today. He pulled his "I'm going back to the barn" trick, so I gave him a light tap behind my leg. Oh, my, you'd have thought he'd been gifted by a tiger! A few times he thought about turning back, but a quick squeeze got him going my way. Had to tap him with the drop one more time on the ride, so that is a big improvement over our rides without a crop.
                            Congrats!!! Can't wait to see him. I was going to suggest you use the saddle tree templates from horsesaddleshop.com to see what tree is best for your horse, but I see you already ordered a saddle. As simple as those templates are, they seem to be pretty darn accurate.

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                            • #15
                              Our run of the mill Stubben school saddles fit the Haflingers we rode just fine.

                              You may want to try some of those also, in the widest they make.

                              They fit most humans well also for basic run around riding.

                              ALL Haflingers are photogenic.
                              Everyone here loves pictures.
                              Would be nice to see some more, please?

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                              • #16
                                Congrats!!!

                                Now for the cautionary moment. I work as the admin at New Bolton Center for Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. Halflingers are one breed that's know to have some eye issues. See article here:

                                http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/uc-...rcinoma-horses

                                Find yourself a good equine Ophthalmologist if you can and hold onto their number and if possible get a baseline of the eyes so you have that as a starting point.

                                Em

                                "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries

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                                • #17
                                  Congratulations! We lost our boy this fall and we miss him terribly. They are, as you are finding, super smart, clever, and while they are workaholics you really do need to keep on top of the manners because they will take your inch and bulldoze at least a couple of miles.

                                  Your experience with the crop is a perfect example. As long as you carry it you may never need to use it again, but if you leave it at home more than once, you can expect he might try to see if perhaps you didn't really mean what you said.

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                                  • #18
                                    My former haffie mare belongs to an older couple in NH now. Every so often her new mom wakes to find her grazing outside the kitchen window. The pasture and her herd mates are all where they belong, in the pasture behind the barn, yet Susie escapes and hangs out in front of the kitchen window, and never goes anywhere else. She used to do the same thing as a baby, she and her sister would stand under my bedroom window and nicker for breakfast.

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                                    • #19
                                      Congratulations! I have a Haflinger also. Love my boy!

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                                        The saddle I bought is Dakota Haflinger tree western saddle. It does seem to fit better than my old saddle, but you just can't keep a saddle right on those flat backed horses. In my old age, I've gone back to riding western and on the barn trails, I feel a lot more secure. The trails are amazing --- lots of trails, many creek crossings, and some major hills.

                                        Ah, I'm not surprised that they are smart, devious, and sometimes naughty! He is all three! Thanks for the warning about carrying my crop --- his barn sour tricks are much reduced, but I'll keep the crop with me.

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                                        I am doing a little arena work with him, something he's never done before. My next big thing to teach him is that he *can* canter under saddle. Trail riding, it's mostly walking and a little trotting, but I do expect him to canter when I ask him to.

                                        Can't help but love him!
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