Fanfare is still available for adoption! He was pulled off a kill lot by a dedicated group of Haflinger lovers known on Facebook as The Haflinger Rescue Project when nobody else stepped up to save him from the horrors of the slaughter pipeline. Fanfare is a gelding approximately 9-10 years old and he stands approximately 14H. He has an adorable head with a nice blaze on his face.
Because of the circumstances from which Fanfare was acquired, we do not have any information regarding his history. However, we were able to view a short video of him being ridden bareback at the kill lot. He completed 30 days of quarantine just to make sure he did not pick up any illnesses while at auction or on the broker's kill lot. He has a current negative Coggins, has his feet trimmed and is wormed regularly. Anyone interested in giving Fanfare a forever home should send an inquiry to request the group's Home Offer Application which is required before being considered to adopt him. This application does not commit either party to anything and is simply a pre-screening process. He is currently located in Ephrata, Lancaster County, PA. He is a friendly fellow who loves attention and being petted. He does require an experienced home to continue work on his ground manners, but he is smart and willing to please. His adoption fee is $800. The fee is due upon final home approval and completion of the required adoption application which is also available through me once that stage has been achieved. New information about Fanfare will be added as it becomes known. Appointments to meet Fanfare can be made after becoming an approved potential home.
UPDATE 1/14/14: Fanfare is doing fairly well in his evaluation process. He is easy to groom and work around, picks up all four feet easily, takes a saddle without a fuss as long as the cinch is tightened a little at a time (as it should be with all horses), and is easy to bridle. He loves carrots and other horse treats, plus he is very friendly and curious.
UPDATE 2/3/14: Considering the limited work I've been able to do with Fanfare due to inclement winter weather, he is continuing to improve with his ground manners. My volunteer now feels safe leading him around by herself. She has not been around horses for several years. My farrier just trimmed his feet a few days ago and he stood like a statue. This personable chunky little guy will be awesome for someone who is savvy about Haffies.
UPDATE 3/15/14: Fanfare had a rider on his back for the first time since being pulled from a kill lot. I now believe that he was probably an Amish work pony in a previous life but he is handling everything quite well.
UPDATE 4/6/14: Yay! Fanfare was ridden for the first time today under saddle. He was a very good boy. It was clear that he needs work in getting him to soften up with the bit which I feel is just lack of previous training. He did not do anything wrong and even walked across some ground poles with his rider on his back.
UPDATE 5/3/14: Fanfare was tested to see if he is already broke to drive....Yes, he is! I was able to figure out very quickly from the way he "dug in" that his past job in life had been to pull something with substantial weight. He responded very nicely to all of my cues once he understood that I wasn't expecting him to pull something. He could make a nice recreational cart horse for someone with the know-how to teach him that it is okay to lighten up in harness and not have to work so hard.
Company / Facility:
private individual rescuing horses for 18+ years from potentially going to slaughter - mostly Saddlebreds