Welcome to our hobby farm, Hillside Haflingers in Felton,
California, our hobby farm. Living in the Santa Cruz mountains allows
us to keep our horses at home, ride on peaceful local trails, and welcome
each day with a beautiful sunrise. The banner above is a photograph taken from our deck!
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|We share our hillside home with a
small herd of Haflingers. The breed
originated in Austria from
cross-breeding an Arabian with a Tyrolean mountain horse. Thier friendly personalities and great strength have earned the breed the nickname "the tractors of the Alps".
These stocky little horses are easy to recognize in their various
shades of chestnut,
from very light blonde to dark with long white or flaxen manes and
tails. Most range
in size from 13-15 hands.
To learn more,
visit the Western
You can read more about our ponies in the barn gallery.
Besides the Haflingers, we have an older Quarter Pony and the perfect miniature horse for introducing small children or special needs kids to horses.
We have a little flock of Miniature Southdown Babydolls sheep. Our first was Epiphany, a chubby black ewe.
Over the years, we've rescued, adopted, and raised a variety of critters including Rosie, the
Chesapeake, Liberty and
Gypsy, the once feral barncats, a few chickens
and a nestful of squirrels. There are more pictures of the Markham menagerie off-site (opens in new window).