Mondays may not always be my favorite day of the week, but I am certainly looking forward to next Monday. It will be a big day for me, my family and my practice. Why? Because a darling palomino gelding will be joining our herd. Mr. Q is a 7 year old Haflinger/Paint cross and is considered to be “kid safe and mother approved.” I am very excited to introduce him to my clients, but I do anticipate having to answer the following question about Q’s breeding: “You bought a half of what?”
Technically, Q is half Haflinger. If you don’t know anything about the breed, believe me when I tell you that Haflingers are wonderful little horses. The breed originated in the mountains of Austria and is considered to be an all-purpose helper, used for riding, driving and farm work. They are small, Q is about 14.2 hands, but they are sturdy and can carry an adult without breaking a sweat. Haflingers are also known for their personalities. They are often described as cheerful, outgoing and happy creatures.
That description should be a good clue into why I think Q will be a great therapist. He is a very friendly guy and seems to like being around people. He is also very curious and responsive to his environment. I believe he will be a safe and effective member of the team. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he is extremely cute!
Check out the American Haflinger Registry’s webite for more information about Haflingers: http://www.haflingerhorse.com/index.htm
Lisa Krystosek is a counselor in St. Louis, Missouri. She specializes in Equine-Facilitated Counseling to help adults, adolescents and children improve their lives. To contact Lisa, please visit www.lisakrystosek.com.