Although this cross breed was met with some resistance, some
Haflinger breeders thought that Arabian blood would refine the breed and
increase their athletic ability.
The first three generations were approached with the goal of
creating foals that improved the original breed. The breeders were successful
and the resulting crosses displayed a definite refinement and an increase in
After many years of cross-breeding, the physical
characteristics of the Haflinger breed persist, but have been slightly refined
into a more elegant mount. The result is a small (13.5 – 14.5 hands) riding
horse with rectangular shape and Arabian features.
They are approachable and kind; easy to handle with a
balanced temperament They make a great children’s mount.