during the late 19th century. Relatively small and chestnut in color,
they were developed for use in mountainous terrain and are known for
their hardiness. The breed traces its ancestry to the Middle Ages, and
their current conformation and appearance come from infusions of
bloodlines from Arabian and various European breeds into the original
native Tyrolean ponies. All Haflingers can trace their lineage to a
foundation sire born in 1874. The two World Wars and the Great
Depression had a detrimental effect on the breed. In the postwar era the
Haflinger was indiscriminately crossed with other breeds, but from 1946
breeders focused on producing purebred Haflingers. Interest in the breed
increased in other countries, and numbers grew. In 2003 a Haflinger
became the first horse to be cloned, resulting in a filly named
Prometea. Haflingers have many uses, including light draft, harness
work, and various under-saddle disciplines. They are also used by the
Austrian and German armies in rough terrain. The World Haflinger
Federation, a confederation of 22 national registries, controls breed
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haflinger>
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likes and say what he thinks.
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