Haflinger herds on tyrolean mountain pastures 2017
impressions from the association area
This natural husbandry and a common alpine pasturing of at least six months a year provides excellent rearing for tyrolean haflinger horses. These rearing conditions are not only especially animal-friendly and species-appropriate for the horse as a herd animal, but they are also the prerequisites for ensuring their natural characteristics. This excursion into the Tyrolean Alps, at a height of over 1,200 metres above sea level, is essential for the surefootedness, stamina, hardiness, resilience and strong health of the horses. Natural meadows with wild herbs, which have never been fertilised since the purchase of the pasture by the Tyrolean Haflinger Breeding Association and it’s breeders since founding, provide an ideal feeding basis. Rocks and high mountain woodland are also very original, with a great variety of different trees, and they ensure dexterity and surefootedness. Large differences in temperature, from 30 degrees during the day and frost at night, guarantee a natural hardiness. There is also an onset of winter many times a year, when the herd often spends a number of days in the snow. Chamois can frequently be seen among the stallions on the meadow, which is located in an extremely high mountain region. This hard, yet natural rearing of course applies to all Tyrolean Haflinger horses and foals at auction, and guarantees well-balanced and healthy top-class horses. Haflinger horses from Tirol are a trademark.