The Haflinger breed originated in 1874 with the birth of the stallion 249 Folie, sired by an Arabian stallion in the South Tyrolean Alps out of a mare from a Tyrolean mountain breed. All subsequent stallions and mares can be traced back to that first entry.
Organized Haflinger breeding started in 1921 with the foundation of the first "Nordtiroler Haflinger Pferdezuchtgenossenschaft". Since then the Haflingers have been registered in an unbroken line, they must be purebred back to the founding stallion. Today all seven bloodlines still exist, all Haflingers worldwide still being traced back through these.

These seven Haflinger stallion lines descend from Folie. Five of the lines go back via 54 Genter, a Folie son born in 1897, to the stallion liz. 42 Mandl, born in 1904. Only the A-line can be traced back to Folie direct via Campi, born in 1896, whilst the W-line goes back via Sarn, born in 1915, to 291 Jenner and liz. 252/233 Haflinger to 249 Folie. Thus it was particularly important to continue the A-line since this is of entirely different stock, descending directly from the stallion Folie. Today, the A-line - it had become almost extinct 50 years ago - is the most important line of stallions worldwide.

Breed Standard

Today, the Haflinger is bred as a recreational horse, riding and driving qualities thus being required in particular. Superb character and a well-balanced temperament are therefore particularly important.
What is required are the harmonious proportions of a universally employable leisure horse together with an elegantly dynamic appearance. The head should be dry and
expressive with large eyes full of charm. Breeding stallions and brood mares should respectively display marked masculine and feminine characteristics. The color of the Haflinger ranges through all shades of chestnut.

Head markings are desirable, but not a must. The white mane on the chestnut-coloured, individually accentuated head is characteristic. The size of the Haflinger ranges from 140 to 155 cm (13.2 to 14.3 hands). The head should be noble and dry, its size in harmony with the horse, the neck long enough and light. Also desirable are striking withers and large, sloping shoulders. The back should be of medium length, elastic and well muscled and when in motion should combine rhythm, carrying capacity and equilibrium. A long, slightly inclined, powerfully muscled croup is also a breeding requirement.

The forequarters and hindquarters should have clearly defined joints and be correctly set. The stride should be long, elastic and rhythmic, the horse should cover the ground well and display great verve.

Source: Tyrolian Haflinger