Although they are small horses in height, ranging from 50 to 59 inches
(12.2 to 14.3 hands), Haflingers weigh between 900 and 1300 pounds, which
makes them suitable for just about any member of the family to ride, drive,
or just cuddle with. Haflingers excel at draft work, pleasure driving,
barrel racing, jumping, and anything else you might ask of them. Because
of their mountain origins, they have great endurance and strength and are
very "easy keepers." They live to be in their late 30's and reproduce well
through their 20's.
Haflingers are very attractive and can fulfill our fantasy images
of horses. For example, in the late 1950's, before Haflingers were really
known in this country, I was accidentally drawing them. My mother, on a
recent visit to our farm, looked out the window at the horses and asked
how I had gotten the same horses that I used to draw as a child. I realized
that a Haflinger is everything you dream of in your horse-loving childhood.
A Haflinger's color runs the full range of chestnut and can be from a blonde
to a golden palamino to a chocolate color. The manes and tail are usually
very luxurious and colored between white and flaxen.
In summary, a Haflinger is extremely versatile, good-looking, has
an exceptional temperament, is long-lived and is hardy. To see pictures
of some of our Haflingers: