The Haflinger horse, with its distinctive blonde mane, has helped shape the life of the inhabitants of the mountain plateau for over a hundred years, and is still part of local tradition and customs.
The origin of the Haflinger lies not in Avelengo/Hafling or Merano 2000, but in the village of Sluderno/Schluderns in Alta Val Venosta/Obervinschgau. In 1874, at the farm of horse breeder Josef Folie, the foal 249 FOLIE was born. It originated from the Arabian stallion 133 El Bedavi XXII and a Galician mare. All seven bloodlines of the modern Haflinger breed can be traced back to this stallion.
The former beast of burden is now used as a versatile family and leisure horse. In Avelengo and Verano, horse races have a long tradition, and in recent years, skijoring with Haflinger ponies is also increasingly popular.