The origin of the name Haflinger has different explanations. This all-terrain and rugged mountain horse was formerly popular with farmers and traders from Avelengo as a pack animal, used to transport grain from the mountain to the valley and wine from the valley to the mountain.
Many places in the second half of the 19th century were accessible only by mule tracks, either on foot or with the aid of horses. At the same time, Merano/Meran slowly began to develop into a spa town. Tourism flourished and the aristocrats visiting the city noticed this horse, which the farmers from Avelengo carried heavily laden up the mule tracks. This is how the term Haflinger became known over time.
Today the Haflinger horse is a reliable family and leisure horse, ideal for the South Tyrolean mountain landscape. Haflingers are also used for skijöring and gallop races, which have a long tradition in the Alpine region. These good-natured blondes have many fans in South Tyrol and beyond.
50 years ago, the Sulfnerhof in Avelengo was the first riding stable in South Tyrol to offer rides with Haflingers. Today, 17 of the total of 30 horses are used for riding, Including many Haflingers. Like Franziska the reliable, Lisa the diligent, the two oldest Haflingers, Babsi and Vicky, and Nelli, the star among the younger ones.
When a ride is scheduled, your guide Norbert takes precise care: all participants must demonstrate in advance that they can ride a horse correctly. The risks are not to be underestimated, and one must have certain skills and 100% concentration. Last but not least, even the horses must enjoy the ride, which is important for Norbert.
For children from the age of seven, for beginners and advanced riders alike riding lessons and guided laps are offered at the Sulfnerhof. For toddlers, Norbert offers rides with the two ponies Jonny and Lilli.
A highlight for both small and large guests is a carriage ride. In summer, the Haflinger coach takes guests to one of the nearby mountain pastures, while in winter, take a horse-driven sleigh through snow-covered nature. An unforgettable experience.