Haflingers 101: History
Haflingers are NOT A DRAFT BREED.
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CHANGES – WWII
“The smallest and most compact Haflinger stallions were sought during this period to breed a small horse for transportation purposes.”, and “…the breeding management were forced during that period to breed the Haflinger specifically and consequently smaller to produce a working horse from this breed.”
It is during this time that we start to see a change in body type for the Haflinger.
“He had recognized in time that the Haflinger could only survive if its special characteristic, the character and its temperament, which it required as a riding and carriage horse, could be preserved and these characteristics fostered and enhanced. …and that meant bringing the Haflinger back to an average size of 57.08 inches…”
HAFLINGERS in the USA
- Draft/drafty: Closer to the WWII era Haflinger – more square bodied, shorter, stockier
- Modern/sport, sometimes called Pleasure: Closer to the original, “lighter” type – strong, good bone, athletic, a bit taller