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Haflinger Horses in Avelengo and Merano 2000
The origin of the robust mountain horses
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Haflinger Horses in Avelengo and Merano 2000

The origin of the robust mountain horses

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.
There is much speculation about the origin of the Haflinger name. Since Merano developed into a spa resort town in the second half of the nineteenth century and there was a resultant tourist boom, the nobles were attracted to this petite horse that the Avelengo farmers led heavily laden up the mule tracks. Over the course of time, people in town coined the name Haflinger.
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