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Belgian/ Haflinger cross?

Discussion in 'Horse Breeding' started by Abbie22057, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Abbie22057

    Abbie22057 Senior Member

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    Yeah, I know who you're talking about, Bailey's amazing isn't he? (On the Horse Illustrated Magazine website) Well, I was just curious as to what your opinions were. Honey's not purebred, at least not papered, but she is definately a Haflinger. The foal is already here, born in June. Cute as button. I'm hoping to buy him from her when she sells him, we'll see how the money goes. His name is Dakota and so far she's doing a great job working with him.
     
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    shell Senior Member+

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    I think the foal will be good for.....ME:D Send him on over!
     
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    Abbie22057 Senior Member

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    lol, you're kidding right? 'Cause I know she's planning to sell him in a year or so.
     
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    shell Senior Member+

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    If she doesn't think he is good for anything, why is she going to wait a year or 2 to sell him?
    Also, if Michigan was not so far from New Hampshire, I would be interested for sure. I would want him as a weanling though, not nessairly as a 2 year old.
     
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    Abbie22057 Senior Member

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    She is attached to him. Teenage horse lover + foal = love at first sight. It's more my opinion that the cross is good for nothing than hers. She wants a good price for him and is thinking maybe he will bring more as he gets older. To tell you the truth I'm hoping to buy him myself, but I was just curious because the crossing of breeds didn't seem to be very logical to me. He'd be a great trail or 4-H horse in the right hands as he has a very calm temperament.
     
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    shell Senior Member+

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    Well, I guess you answered your own question there. He is either going to be a big Haflinger or a small Belgin. Both have lots of things they can do like 4-H and trail.
    She will not get as much for him as she put into him with feed and vet and ferrier as a 2 year old. She will get more as a weanling or if he had some good training on him as a 4 or 5 year old. Since he is not registered, that is also points against him in the future price.
     
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    My Haflinger mare is 5 and weighs around 1300lbs. She's a big girl for her breed. She isn't registered because i bought her from the amish as a yearling for $400. She is smart and fearless. I have thought about breeding her with a Belgian because I like larger horses and I know she could handle foaling a half Belgian foal.(She has wide hips like her owner lol) I think the cross would be the perfect work/riding horse with the Belgian's power and the Haflinger's surefootedness.
     
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    Alot of this type of breeding goes on around here. That cross would be a nice for a pulling pony as they have "heavy ponies" class now. You have the short stoutness of the halflinger, with the heart of a belgain. Belgains are popular pulling horses. Most of the pulls you go to you see belgains. They have more heart and pull than say a percheron, or punch. Although there's the rare team of perches that will pull.

    We had a team of pony mares that were percheron and pony crosses that we pulled with in the middle weight class. Awesome little girls.
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    Here is a team that is crossed up. The near pony is crossed with a belgain and not sure what else, the off pony is a draft cross also and he's a paint. They are in the heavy weight class. And I just loved, loved, loved this team.

    I have another picture of them on the sled, but I gotta find it and upload it if anyone is interested at seeing them at work, and also of other teams in different classes.
     
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    Colormygenes Senior Member

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    I actually think this cross makes way more sense than say a shire/haflinger or a percheron/haflinger. Belgians don t typically get as tall as those draft types. I would think this would be an excellent cross as a riding or pulling horse! Any chance of pictures of the mare and baby? The boy obviously needs to get gelded before he is two and that is another reason to sell him before he gets older. The older they get the more money you put into them and in the long run she will most likely lose money if she waits that long to sell. If she knows she is going to sell him, she should sell him when he is weaned. Plus I know alot of people that like to do their own ground work with the babies.
     
  10. badaboom

    badaboom Senior Member+

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    I agree!

    As far as I'm concerned if you were going to cross this would be a good one. They are breeding type to type. Drafty Halfies and Belgians have the same body 'type' just in different sized packages. Much less of a crapshoot than breeding a Belgian to say an Arabian.

    IMHO this is no different than breeding TBs to Welsh to produce those amazing large ponies.
     

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