Haflinger Horse

Haflinger Horse photo
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Other Names

The Haflinger is a relatively small, yet muscular horse breed. Although it stands between 13 and 15 hands high, this horse is not a pony. Haflingers have lean, elegant heads with expressive, lively eyes, fine nostrils and ears that are in proportion to the head. A stallion's head is stronger and more masculine than a female's which is lighter and more feminine. The chest is broad and deep and the limbs well defined. The overall appearance of a Haflinger horse is that of an athlete.

13 - 15 hands

The breed is always chestnut in color. Their manes and tails are white or flaxen.

The Haflinger a very docile, gentle natured and people oriented breed. Halflingers are very social horses and enjoy the company of other horses. They are intelligent and quick learners. They have a long history of living close to humans and, throughout the years, have developed an outgoing and engaging temperament.

Suitable for
They are multipurpose horses, and are superb driving horses, jumpers and successful in low to mid level dressage. They are also used for pulling farm equipment, therapeutic riding and of course trail riding and endurance. Cheerful and willing to work, these are horses for everyone; they are sturdy enough to carry a large adult and gentle enough to carry a timid child.

If exercised regularly, Haflingers do not need a very large stall space. They get bored easily, so their environment needs to be challenging and enriched with stall balls, pony pops and other equine toys.

Haflingers are natives of Austria. They descent from a race of mountain ponies that have grazed the Alps for centuries. The modern day Haflinger horse was developed around in the 1870's and got its name from the Tyrolean village Hafling, in Northern Italy. After World War II, the Austrian government started the routine breeding of Haflingers. These were first imported in the United States in 1958.

Haflingers are strong, hardy animals, known for their longevity and excellent disposition. Strict attention is paid to the breeding of these horses, so they usually have no special health risks or genetic abnormalities. Haflingers have an average lifespan of 25-30 years.