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 better the original breed. The breeders were successful and the resulting crosses displayed a definite refinement of the breed and an increase in their ability.
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 riding horse with rectangular shape and Arabian features.
Average height 13.5 – 14.5 hands
Correct, strong foundation
Short head with concave profile
Large, alert eyes
Deep, oblique shoulder
Long back with slopes croup
Slim legs with large joints
Approachable and kind
Easy to handle with a balanced temperament
Makes a great children’s mount