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Old 02-14-2020, 10:03 PM
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I didn't see the Palomino's.
Yes I think he wings out on the right front, and puts more weight on the right to take the weight off the left. It's subtle, he's not outright lame. But it looks like the rider knows he has an issue , and covers for it.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:21 PM
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Thanks for the input! Are you sure he looks a little off in the front end? I thought he looked like he wanted to run and/or was having a bit of issues with the mud.



Part of the reason we are interested in him is his small stature, sturdy build, and the fact that he drives and has pulled farm equipment. We would use him to get around the property more quietly than an atv(trespassers have been more of an issue lately), and use him to pull stuff too heavy for Butters to manage(also plow). But given the choice, we would prefer a small horse as long as it is large enough to carry us. I am about 5' tall, and my husband isn't too much taller than I am(but weighs about as much as a wet leaf). We want an animal who wouldn't mind taking us for a ride, but I think we would be using him to pull more than to ride. Also, a mare might make Butters more difficult to work with: he is intact.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:37 PM
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Drafts are usually great temperament, and great for pulling. There are many smaller type drafts and crosses.

This guy is put together ugly. There are plunty of ugly horses but it still works. Something about him doesn't seem to work.

That big body puts a lot of weight and problems on those little feet. ( note below, large hoves to support that large body) He doesn't look sturdy to me. That neck is freak short.. He shouldn't have stumbled that much, rough ground or not.
Edit: I see halflinger have shorter type necks, but all the pictures of them and crosses I looked at just work better.

Smaller horses aren't better horses. Ponies are the meanest things!!!

I'm usually a cheerleader for causes. But I strongly feel you need to pass on him and keep looking for another gelding. Mares are kinda known to be temperamental I agree lol

Standards of the Haflinger Horse
Haflinger Horses in Harness
Haflinger Horses in Harness
If you are interested in looking for the ideal Haflinger, the breed standard may help you to understand what to look for in the horse. Most Haflingers range from 13 hands (52 inches) to 15 hands (59 inches) in height and weigh 800 to 1300 pounds. To describe their frame, most Haflingers have a strong arched neck, a broad head that is flat or slightly dished shaped, a broad chest and rump, strong tapered legs and large hooves. They can vary in chestnut color ranging from light blonde to dark chocolate. Some Haflingers may also have dappling or light spots on their coats. Their manes and tails can be very full and range in shades of white to flaxen. Breeding stallions should have masculine features and brood mares should have feminine lines and features.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:01 PM
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Hmm, I'm hearing some legitimate concerns with him. The short neck tho I find adorable. Lol I think we have different tastes on horse appearances... I honestly find him adorable!


Do you have any suggestions for where to look for a horse that would fit our needs? We are open to larger horses, but prefer smaller types. Ideally something stocky, sturdy, hardy, low maintenance, and willing. We are in the mountains here, so something that can handle steeper terrain is ideal. Nothing high maintenance and delicate. And ideally something we could get locally, and on the sooner side. I've been looking on craigslist, but have no idea where to look besides there. Craigslist can be good or bad for most things. We got Butters from Craigslist and he is a dream, but we have also had some very bad experiences with craigslist animals(like dogs!).
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:13 PM
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I'm trying to educate myself on this halflinger body type. Honestly never seen them before. They as a breed for have short necks! Looks at a bunch of pics makes me like him better. But you need to look at a bunch of horses in person to get an idea, watch for head Bobb that indicates foot issues. Watch for stumbles, have them turn the horse atva trot in front of you in different directions. Watch when they stand. A horse will test different feet, but if they constantly take weight off the same foot, there is an issue. Most horses will stand on all four feet without having to rest a foot, for several minutes. When they relax and have to stand for awhile they will rest a foot. Check hoobly. Go to a feed store and ask around.
I'm feelings more kind hearted to him, but still think he has an issue with left front, he tested it at every stop.
You can also run your hands down each leg and foot and feel for warmth, a site foot or leg will be warmer ( most of the time)
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:15 PM
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You should have Appaloosas in your area very sturdy horse, I don't know about Pulling.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:30 PM
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Re: horse owners?

Haflingers are built with short necks but they flex quite a bit and fit much better into the overall structure of the front of the horse. This ones neck is just off with little flex and he has no real chest area & the neck doesnít met the right points honestly. Itís throwing his balance off which is probably causing too much weight/stiff movement on the front which is throwing his feet development off. Probably part of why he looks a bit club foot to me. Honestly quarter horses and haflingers are breed for totally different things so throwing them together was not the best breeding plan lol. Plus, this animal definitely got the tiny quarter horse feet. Tiny feet always have issues in some way since they arenít built for the weight they carry....this is stupid human influence on the breeding for the tiny feet because everyone thought they looked pretty or caused faster times in racing.

If you want a work horse you want solid big feet that can take their weight and the work youíll put on them. Look into Fjord horses they are one the cutest versatile little mountain draft horses. I love Gypsies too but they wonít be quite as versatile & they can cost a pretty penny.
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Yeah, I rode for 2 years as lead wrangler at a dude ranch, 6 days a week, 7 hours a day in the saddle. My fav mount was a little moon blind in 1 eye mare, who steered like a sports car. Plus I owned my own bay gelding, whoI rode intoNew Paltz, NY every Sunday( college town). 'Boats is right tho, if you don't ride them at least 1x a week, why keep one?
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:33 PM
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This one seems ok, I worry down on right hind hock.. but seems to move nice
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:38 PM
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Yeah, I rode for 2 years as lead wrangler at a dude ranch, 6 days a week, 7 hours a day in the saddle. My fav mount was a little moon blind in 1 eye mare, who steered like a sports car. Plus I owned my own bay gelding, whoI rode intoNew Paltz, NY every Sunday( college town). 'Boats is right tho, if you don't ride them at least 1x a week, why keep one?
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