Belgian/ Haflinger cross?

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  1. Abbie22057

    Abbie22057 Senior Member

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    It happened. What's the point of it? I cannot for the life of me figure out what they were thinking when they bred a Belgian stud to a Haflinger mare....anyone know what the foal would be good for?
     






  2. wyldterv

    wyldterv Senior Member+

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    Riding, carting or packing all spring to mind.
     
  3. Abbie22057

    Abbie22057 Senior Member

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    It seems kind of like a double standard...breeding a big draft to a pony draft? I would think they would breed big to big and small to small.

    My cousin's pony is a Haflinger. She bought her last October for $750 thinking she was a 7 yr old kid's pony. It was her first horse, has been a very good natured pony, very calm and all. One morning she walked in and there was a colt. It was a complete surprise, as I said she is a first-time horse owner. Noticed the pony was awfully fat, but other than that....

    She called the owners after she foaled....turns out they knew she was pregnant before they sold her but didn't deem it necessary to tell the buyer. :rolleyes: Also, Honey's four years old, not seven. She was bred to a Belgian stud.

    Luckily she had no problems foaling. Very cute baby, but he's not going to be the ideal riding horse. My cousin isn't sure what to do with him now.

    So, I was really wondering why someone would cross those. He has draft conformation, not much withers and biiiig butt. :) Very cute, but still....

    Anyway, that's why I'm asking.
     
  4. buggywhipp

    buggywhipp Senior Member+

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    I knew a man a while back(he has passed on) but anyways he enjoyed pulling horses. He didn't want the big huge drafts so he had pulling ponys. That's what he called them anyways. They were a cross between a draft and not real sure what the other cross was but most likely a draft pony type. Actually they were nice looking horses. Kinda like a draft but in a more pony size body.
     
  5. Dawn

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    If you had a pony draft and wanted a larger draft, it would make perfect sense to breed to a larger draft.
     
  6. Kar

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    My ex sister in law saved a shetland pony mare. She was bred to a Ten Walker..
    Named the colt ET.. Hes a good little riding horse for kids.

    Cart ponies are always nice to have around, or cart horses.. :) Theres a use for every horse. As long as its healthy
     
  7. danigrrl27

    danigrrl27 Senior Member

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    you would think for safety reason they would breed haflinger stud to belgian mare, I understand logistically this may be hard, but if the little buggers can slide under a fence, I m sure they can figure it out. Some people find larger sturdier ponies more desirable. He would probably make a very sure footed trail pony that would probabaly be pretty bombproof and kids wouldn't outgrow him that easily. I would imagine he'll probably be around 14.2 hands when he's done growing. Haflingers and belgians are both very sensible horse breeds, and he'll also make a good driving horse(hopefully)
    He may not be A level Dressage material, but some people don't want a show horse anyways
     
  8. thoroughbred_01

    thoroughbred_01 Senior Member+

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    it dont matter if its pure or if its cross a horse is a horse and its always good for somethink
     
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  9. wyldterv

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    WOW that someone would sell a bred mare and not MENTION that fact! Sheesh is the NICEST thing I can come up with for an exclamation! LOL...

    Seriously though, I can't believe that your cousin was able to find a purebred Haflinger for only $750!!! They go for a small fortune around here in general, especially a mare! WOW!

    If you stop and look at the origins of the Belgian and the Haflinger, the cross makes a bit more sense then you might think, they have a similar development background:) and I'm guessing someone was hoping to add some more height to their Hafflinger.

    At least the majority of Belgians have good disposistions as do the majority of Hafflingers, so they're suited to one another tempermentally as well.

    Personally, I don't understand why people breed MOST of the animals they breed, horse, dog or otherwise!
     
  10. AnnaBelle02

    AnnaBelle02 Senior Member

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    Well I met a girl on another forum and she used her halflinger for dressage and MAN was he beautiful!! Her mother was some sort of dressage "pro" in her day so she had a great expert to help her work with this horse.
    My friend uses her halflingers for trail riding - which seems like a common thing for the breed now.
    I do agree the cross sounds a bit redundant - perhaps they were trying to get some more height out of the foal.
     






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