Have Fun ♡ Charming Challenges

This is it! This is where you collect our signature Saddle Charms – available exclusively to members. You can obtain your saddle charms in a variety of ways, but they can only be earned, not purchased! Every charm has a story, and it’s up to you to tell it.

From fun photo contests to challenges designed to inspire and motivate, we’ve got loads of excitement for you!

Every AHA! member starts out with our signature Sassy logo charm, and we hope you join us in these Charming Challenges to grow your collection. Snap them on your saddle and bridle, hang a token on your backpack or keyring, or just wear them as jewelry – we can’t wait to see all the creative ways you display your charms!

Charms can only be earned, not purchased!

Charm Accessories!

Head on over to the Swag Shop to check out the great ways we have to help you get started showing off your Saddle Charm collection!

Curious how you stack up?

Facebook Photo Fun

Strike a pose! These weekly photo contests are posted every Sunday night. Set your alarm and start sharing early, because the member’s photo with the most likes at the end of the week wins!

Does your horse have the pretzel-iest pose to get at the grass on the other side of the fence? Show us! Contest categories include topics like “best matchy outfit” and “muddiest mess” so we know everyone’s Haflinger is ready to be a star. Next week’s top photo might already be on your phone!

We’ll announce the winner when the next topic gets posted, and then send them a distinctive camera charm so they can show off their modeling mastery to everyone in the barn!

Note: to help spread the love, members may only win one Facebook Photo Fun contest per month. If the winner has already won, second place will get the charm.

Monthly Motivations

Sometimes, you just need a little motivation to get out to the barn, am I right? Or, maybe you’ve ridden one too many circles in the sandbox and need some inspiration. That’s where we come in!

Each month we’ll give our members a challenge (a charming challenge, of course!) designed to encourage fun and promote trying new things with your Haflinger. Might a few be slightly outside of your comfort zone? Sure – that’s the whole point! But we promise nothing will be too crazy. Some don’t even include working your horse.

Are you busy training hard and competing and don’t have much time left for added extracurricular activities? Do you work all week and only make it out the barn on the weekends? That’s okay! We’ve got you in mind, and most of our challenges should easily be accomplished in an hour or so per week. Plus, join us on the Haflinger Connection Forum or the Members-Only Facebook Page for a weekly check-in to share your progress and see how others have been doing! Make it to four weekly check-ins and complete the challenge to get your unique charm.

Each challenge has its own charm, so hang with us each month and collect them all!

To participate, visit the Charming Challenge board on the Haflinger Connection Forum and look for this month’s check-in post, or visit the Members-Only Facebook Page!

When your check-ins are complete, request your charm here!

June: Nutrition and Hydration
Maybe you feed what everyone else in the barn is feeding. Maybe you opt for the starvation diet so your Haflinger doesn’t resemble a blimp. Or maybe you carefully analyzed your feed program, but it’s been a while since you last crunched numbers and a couple feeds changed their formula without telling you. Easy keepers are often anything but easy to keep, and your June challenge is to make sure that your Haflingers are eating the best they can for their needs (and your pocketbook!).

Begin by getting your hay analyzed so you know what nutrition you’re starting with, and then add your feed details to see if your horse’s diet is truly balanced. Free online tools like http://www.horsemath.com/horse-feed-calculator or https://equimed.com/health-centers/equine-feed-calculator give you a great starting point, and also provide some sample data. Balanced nutrition goes beyond minimum values, so once you have all of your information gathered, compare nutrient ratios like calcium to phosphorus, zinc to copper, calcium to magnesium, and iron to copper to zinc to manganese as well! Share your results, your feeding program, and what you learned or changed to earn your apple charm!

June 14-20 is Nutrition and Hydration Week, and we’re celebrating in style with a special zoom chat with Certified Equine Nutrition Adviser Jennifer McClelland of Farmhouse Tack + Feed. And if you find you’re more lost than when you started, she’s ready to help!

Are you concerned about meeting the needs of a performance or breeding horse, while STILL trying to keep weight off? Are you trying to balance dry lot life with ulcers? Do you have an older horse with special needs? Are you wondering if your 48 Smartpak wells might be overkill? Jen is here to help, and she’ll educate all of us on how to build an uncomplicated successful feed program based on science and feed trials (not fancy marketing!).

So start analyzing your feeding program and email all of your questions to [email protected] by June 7th!

July: World Watercolor Month
Stay tuned….