The Haflinger breed can be traced back to medieval times in the village of Hafling. (The breed originated from parts of modern Italy and Austria.) The cart paths were narrow and steep, so a strong, sure-footed horse was required, that could handle heavy loads, but was also reasonable to ride.
The first documented Haflinger was recorded in the mid-1800's. A cross of a half-arabian stallion and a locally-bred mare.
The typical Haflinger is a golden palomino, with a light blonde mane and tail.
The Haflinger can be found today all over the world and in virtually every discipline of riding.