New Horse on Board!

P1070303(1)The “Bit of Heaven Farm” horse herd has a new addition in the form of a 3 (almost 4) year old Hafling gelding named  “Hans.”  We were fortunate enough to stumble upon Hans as we were looking for a steady school horse for hacking around the farm and maybe hill topping with the fox hunt.  We think we have hit gold! 

As many of you know, the Haflinger is a small horse breed that originates in the Tyrolean Alps.  My Mom remembers these horses living at the farm next door in Süd Tyrol in the 1930s. The breed is still in use with the Austrian and German armies as a mountain supply horse (see previous blog on German army  “tragtier”). Hans stands right about 14 hands and has the typical type coloring (chestnut (light golden brown) with flaxen mane and tail) of the breed.  The cold blood influence in the breed is obvious in his very sturdy musculature, big head and big feet.  That influence makes him a great hacking horse.  The kids are not intimidated because of his short size and very calm disposition.  Still, he can be ridden by an adult because of his powerful build. 

Hans is broken to both driving (competitive carriage driving) and riding.  We plan to teach him the basics of the English riding disciplines (dressage, jumping), but to use him mostly for hacking around the property, teaching kids, and maybe hill topping with the hunt.  We may, someday, put him back into driving as well, but not in the short term.  He is incredibly calm and friendly.  We are looking forward to many years of fun and companionship with him!

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  1. Congratulations on your new addition!

  2. I hope you keep us posted on how this horse works out for you. I’ve been curious about Halfingers for awhile.

  3. Very sturdy. I too look forward to hearing how he works out. I’ve read a lot about Haflingers.

  4. Haflingers are used in my home stateof Pennsylvania for forest clearing-very sturdy and tough breed! Best of luck to you!

  5. I love Haflinger. I had an Arabo-Haflinger as a Teenager. My parents have a big Gestuet close to Coleman Barracks and my dad used to be a German Tanker (Cavalry 😉 )

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