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It is easy to lose yourself in a daydream of the Lipizzan when you have one of these figurines. Endless amount of untold stories are waiting to unfold through this adorable little horse and will bring delight to anybody’s bedroom or collectible shelf.
FUN FACTS about Lipizzaners that you could weave into your colorful stories during playtime:
Just like the Friesian is known for being the black beauty of the equine breeds, the Lipizzaner is known for its glistening pale coat and incredible grace at performing amazing high school dressage. Mozart composed music for the Lipizzaners, and well-dressed crowds turned out to see them strut their stuff to his latest tunes at the Grand Carousel, a yearly event at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna in the 1700s.
Lipizzaner stallions were chosen by the Spanish Riding School to perform classical equitation because of their good nature and intelligence, as well as physical grace and beauty.
They spend their youth high up in the alpine pastures, where the air is pure. This is believed to cultivate stamina and healthy lungs and heart with many of the Lipizzaners working and performing into their late 20’s.
These are the famous Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Every single one of their dressage moves comes from training once used in combat.
The Lipizzaner breed dates clear back to the 16th century, where they were first bred as the personal mounts of the Hapsburg monarchy, part of the Holy Roman Empire. Regal and proud, they were favored by nobility and the military aristocracy and were trained for battle.
While the breed is closely associated with Vienna, Austria (which was the capital of the Hapsburg monarch for most of its existence), the horse is actually named for one of the earliest stud farms that were located in the village Lipizza (Lipica), in what is now Slovenia.
As many may know, the Lipizzan is gray, not white. What many don’t know is that they are born dark and gradually lighten with age, not achieving the “white” coat for which they are known until around 6-10 years of age.
Just 200 years ago, according to the Lipizzan Association of North America, you could find black, brown, chestnut, dun, piebald and skewbald Lipizzans. Today, they still get a black or a brown every once in a while.
Lipizzaner have very specific registration guidelines when it comes to their names. Male horses (stallions or geldings) must have the name of the foundation stallion as the first word in their name. For the second, the name of the dam. For mares, names should end in “a.” And what happens with duplicates? Roman Numerals are assigned to distinguish between horses. Half-Lipizzan mares are not allowed to use traditional Lippizan names or roman numerals.
The Lipizzan is a long-lived horse with a 30-35 year average life span.