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Haflinger Horse and South Tyrol
The Haflinger Horse originates, and is linked to South Tyrol, and the breed hastaken its name from Hafling, the village near Merano and the name Avelignese is but the Italianization of the name.
In fact, according to tradition, in the village of Hafling in the Middle Agesthere was a mountain horse not very tall, rather robust and descended from thefamous breeding of horses imported from the Kingdom of the Burgundians and theemperor Lodovico IV gave it to his son Lodovico, Margrave of Brandenburg, onthe occasion of his wedding with Margherita Maultasch, Princess of Tyrol, in1342.
Beyond this it is certain that the native population of horses traditionally raised in the region had the purpose of transporting goods across the Alps using the passes and paths along the valleys of the Adige and the Inn.
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Over the centuries the horse population in South Tyrol has suffered many influences due mainly to the importation of subjects from the East and, at the beginning of the nineteenth century with the development of communication ways, the original pack horse was not enough robust for shooting and then crossed with heavy subjects.
In 1873 the Austrian Government introduced the eastern stallion El Bedavi XXII into the Alto Adige territory, a direct descendant of the pure El Bedavi I.
From the mating of El Bedavi XXII with a local mare belonging to Josef Folie from Sluderno in Val Venosta, a beautiful foal was born in 1874 that the breeder baptized with the name of his family: FOLIE.
Folie had a saurian coat with the mill line inherited from his mother and which he transmitted to most of his descendants; in him there are the strength and characteristics of mountain horse typical of the Haflinger married with the grace and oriental elegance received by his father.
Haflinger Horse and South Tyrol: with Foliethe modern Haflinger Race is born and the history of breed selection begins andtoday the Haflinger horse is widespread throughout Italy resulting in theItalian breed with the greatest number of numbers.
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Haflinger Horse and South Tyrol: now let’sgo and discover the wonderful territory that gave rise to this race: SouthTyrol where the contrasts of the landscape and the great culture keep alive aworld where the Dolomites stand out on fabulous landscapes.
South Tyrol is a land where culture is life, where the food and wine specialties will pleasantly surprise you, where nature dictates its principles and people are linked to their ancient traditions.
A place to spend a holiday in summer or in winter is an experience you will not forget.
In winter,next to the most beautiful ski slopes that hosted the most famous World Cupraces, you can not miss the famous Christmas markets of Bolzano, Merano andBrunico and in summer you can enjoy beautiful walks in the mountains they willamaze you for their beauty by stopping in a hut where to buy their deliciouscheese and finish the walk in a cabin at high altitude under the curious lookof a marmot among the most beautiful alpine stars, a flower to be respectedavoiding to grasp.
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