About Haflinger Horses
Hafling (called Avelengo in Italian), which is near Merano (South
Tyrol). Also called Haflinger, Hafling Horse or Pony Avelignese. It is a very
old breed, even though it was officially founded in 1874, with its present
characteristics, from the coupling of an indigenous horse with the stallion El
Bedavi (perhaps of Berber origin).
In the past they
were widely used for agricultural work, and although they are still used for
those purposes, it is much appreciated today for agro-tourism riding, and in
many sporting disciplines. It is a saddle horse.
In 1971 the
National Association of Haflinger Horse Breeders – Italy was founded, and it
was entrusted with the management of the Stud Book from 1977 on. Today the
Haflinger is spread over the whole of Italy, and is the most numerous Italian
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