Haflinger horses South Tyrol

History

Sluderno/Schluderns, 1874. At the stud farm of horse breeder Josef Folie, a golden colt is born. It is named after its owner: 249 Folie.

The sire is the Arabian stallion 133 El Bedavi XXII
The dam is a local mare of Galician origins.


Folie is the founder of the Haflinger breed: He was the first to have the Haflingers' distinctive golden chestnut coat with the typical dorsal stripe, which he inherited from his mother – together with her strength and the characteristics of a small, compact mountain horse. His nobility and elegance were derived from his father.

Folie was described as "deeply muscled with Arabian noblesse and long, sloped shoulders, a strong back, straight croup, strong joints, a long and correct stride and magnificent temperament".
 

Why "Haflinger"?

To answer that, let us take a brief look back at life in the 19th century. At the time, horses were the basis of all livelihoods: They pulled carriages and carried goods, and people relied on them for riding and all kinds of work. In South Tyrol, there was a strong demand for small, agile and above all sure-footed horses – especially among farmers and horse traders from the village of Hafling and the Tschögglberg area. That way, the name "Haflinger" – in other words a horse from Hafling – gradually established itself.

At first, the term did not describe a breed in itself, but rather a type of hard-working, light-footed, robust, compact and versatile horse. The name only became official at a later stage: On 2 May 1898, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Austro-Hungarian Empire decreed to officially recognise the Haflinger breed. At that time, South Tyrol was part of Austria-Hungary.

Historical breeding register +

Geschichte der Haflinger
Haflinger Geschichte

Characteristics

The aims of modern-day ideal Haflinger breeding:

 

Eigenschaften Haflinger

Colour and markings
All shades of chestnut from light to dark chestnut. The forelock, mane and tail should consist of full, long, silky and straight hair, preferably in a light colour. The basic coat colour should be clear and uniform. While head markings are acceptable, leg markings are not.
Head
Refined, with a distinctive expression and large, dark eyes with well-traced orbital arches. Flat, broad forehead. Refined, short nose ridge. Large and flexible nostrils. Sufficiently long mouth aperture. Small, pointed chin and a distinctive, wide and refined throat latch. Highly flexible and well-set ears that are proportional to the size of the head.
Neck
Well-set, of medium length and more refined towards the head. Sufficiently long, wide and flexible poll with a refined head-to-neck connection.
Forehand
Refined, long, sloping and well-set shoulders. Sufficiently long, well-positioned forearms (humerus) with well-defined muscles. Clear, unobstructed elbows. Pronounced withers reaching well into the back. Sufficiently wide and deep chest.
 
Midsection (barrel)
Adequately long, firm and well-muscled back. Short, wide loin that is connected to the croup harmoniously. Slightly sloping ribs that form a longitudinally oval ribcage. Sternum or breastbone that reaches far back. Short, closed flanks.
 
Hindquarters
Rounded, slightly sloping croup with a well-set tail. Well-muscled all the way down to the lower thigh or gaskin.
 
Limbs
Length of limbs consistent with torso size. Refined, muscular forearms. Well-muscled hind leg. Refined, correct joints of a good size. Strong shins with clearly defined tendons. Suitably long, correct fetlocks. Regular and correctly positioned limbs.
 
Hooves
Well-shaped with a healthy, tough and preferably pigmented hoof wall.
 
Height and conformation (ideal height at three years old)
•    Stallions:   148-152 cm (no more than 155 cm) | 18.5-20.5 cm
•    Mares:       47-150 cm (no more than 155 cm) | 18-19 cm
 
Basic gaits

Even, medium-elevated walk with ground coverage that adapts to the terrain. Supple, energetic and elastic movements at a trot with plenty of thrust coming from the hindquarters. Canter with a clear uphill tendency. Short, flat and non-elastic movements falling on the forehand are to be avoided.

Breed

Looks

Haflingers are medium-sized, expressive and noble horses with a chestnut coat and a fair forelock, mane and tail. They are characterised by a strong, correct physique and a high suitability for riding.
 

Character

Sweet-natured, easy to handle and friendly: The breed's affectionate and kind nature, well-tempered character, intelligence and great willingness to learn and perform are some of its most distinctive features. 
 

Sturdy and healthy

The South Tyrolean breeding approach favours and promotes the sturdiness, frugal nature and good health of the Haflinger.
 

Typically South Tyrolean Haflingers

Thanks to their harmonious conformation and looks, Haflingers from South Tyrol are particularly charismatic: Smart, lively and sweet-tempered, they are also reliable, strong and energetic – and well-known for their singular charms.

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Use

The all-rounder – a dream horse or just wishful thinking? Well, the multi-talented Haflinger is as close as it gets to an all-round prodigy: With the right upbringing and training, it has all the ideal ingredients: excellent genes, an athletic predisposition and physique and – of course – the perfect character.

The Haflinger breed has a dream companion for every horse fan!
 

  • Equestrian sports

    Haflingers are popular across all of equestrian sports – from classic riding to the Western disciplines and all the way to the top classes of major tournaments.

  • Driving

    Haflingers are ideal for driving: agile and fearless, with a great fighting spirit and plenty of stamina.

  • Long-distance endurance and trail rides

    Sure-footed and equipped with nerves of steel, Haflingers are true off-road experts. Perfect for long-distance endurance and trail rides!

  • Equestrian games

    Agility, speed and flawless coordination between the horse and rider: Equestrian games is where Haflingers really excel.

  • Haflinger gallop and trot races

    Pure emotion: Haflinger gallop and trot races are a long-standing tradition in South Tyrol.

  • Skijoring

    Sure-footed even in the snow: Skijoring races featuring Haflingers are increasingly popular in the Alps.

  • Hippotherapy

    Speed is not the only speciality of the Haflinger breed: They are also calm, friendly and extremely reliable – the ideal partner for hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.

  • Companion for vaulting

    Their gentle nature and stamina also make them an excellent companion for vaulting.

Top breeding and sport events
under the auspices of the World Haflinger Breeding and Sports Federation

Haflinger World Show

Haflinger World Show

With more than 700 horses from up to 20 countries taking part, the Haflinger World Show is the world's biggest horse fair dedicated to a single breed. It is held every five years, with the upcoming edition taking place from 21 to 24 May 2020 at the Fohlenhof Ebbs stud farm in Austria.

The regulations for admission are now available.

 
European Haflinger Championships

European Haflinger Championships

The EUCH takes place every three years. The last edition, held in 2018 in the Austrian town of Stadl Paura, saw 329 Haflingers and 399 participants from 12 countries take part in a total of 12 disciplines. And the next one is just around the corner: Save the date for 2021!

Breeding

The Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders has made it a priority to preserve and improve the typical inner values and physical characteristics of the autochthonous Haflinger breed in its original diversity.

The aim is to breed a versatile, friendly, expressive and pleasant horse that is suitable for all disciplines of riding and driving. Particular importance is placed on a sturdy constitution, frugal nature and good health – together with a sweet-tempered, friendly character, pleasant temperament, strong nerves and intelligence.

Breeding
News and events

Termine

2020 Calendar
All Haflinger Events

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

Haflinger Sport
Results

Haflinger-Hengstkörung 2020

16/02/2020
Sleigh racing, skijoring and ski-cross with horses in Val Passiria/Passeier
Results and raffle: lucky tickets

Haflinger-Hengstkörung 2020

09/02/2020
White Turf in San Genesio/Jenesien
It doesn't always have to be the frozen lake of St. Moritz…

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

01/02/2020
2020 Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts and Stallion Parade
New colts with plenty of potential alongside veteran stud-horses

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

26/01/2020
Sleigh racing and skijoring in San Genesio/Jenesien
All results

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

19/01/2020
Sleigh racing and skijoring in Meltina/Mölten
Unda: 26 years old and still fast as lightning

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

18/01/2020
Sleigh racing and skijoring in Val Sarentino/Sarntal
Results and raffle tickets

   

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