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The Lipizzaner
 By halfbrokehorses   •   11th Jun 2010   •   19,882 views   •   4 comments
The Lipizzaner is a breed of horse originating from the House of Hapsburg from Spanish and also local stock. Today itís related to the countries of Austria and Slovenia. The breed is probably most famous for being associated with the Spanish Riding School, where they hold performances to the public showing classical dressage and also Ďairí moves. The air moves are where they show complicated high school movements for dressage made by famous Lipizzans.

The Lipizzaner

The air moves are:
The Levade: This movement is when the horse stands on his 2 hind legs and stands at a 30 degree angle using a lot of strength in his hindquarters. There is also another movement very similar called the Pescade where the horse stands at a 45 degree angle but isnít as difficult to perform.

The Courbette: The Courbette is where the horse balances on his hind legs with his forelegs in the air, then jumps keeping his hind legs together and his forelegs above the ground.

The Capriole: Performing a Capriole is where the horse jumps, and when in the air tucks his forelegs beneath him and kicks out with his hind legs.
The Croupade and Ballotade: These two movements are similar to the Capriole, but the movement they do in the air is different. In the Croupade they tuck both their fore and hind legs beneath them when at the height of elevation and in the Ballotade the horse doesnít kick out with his hind legs but the shoes are still visible of his two rear hooves when viewed from behind.

The Mezair: This is a series of Levades where the horse lowers his forefeet to the ground and then rises again on his hind quarters, creating a forward moving motion. This movement isnít used anymore at the Spanish Riding School.


The Lipizzaner is a slow maturing breed. Yet they are a breed known to live longer than others, being able to still perform the complicated exercises well into their 20s, and still living on in their 30s. Most of them mature to 14.2 Ė 15.2 hh, but the ones closer related to the original carriage type can get taller, approaching 16.1hh.

All the way up to the 1700s (18th century) it wasnít unusual to see Lipizzanerís with coat colours like dun, bay, chestnut, black, piebald and also skewbald, but over time grey (back then a desirable colour of the breed but not so populated) had become the dominant colour as it was preferred by the royal family. Although still today you can get the rare solid colour black or bay.

Nowadays, still part of a long standing tradition, the Spanish Riding School have at least one bay stallion residence.

I hope this article gave you some info on an extraordinary breed and that you liked it.
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Charms horses  
love the post i seen the lipizzaner film
  Jun 11, 2010  •  11,603 views
 
Schmidy153  
That was great my dad had told me about the lipizzaners!!:)
  Jun 11, 2010  •  11,660 views
 
Minnie  
The lipizzaners are so cool. i have seen them live!!!
  Jun 11, 2010  •  11,568 views
 
Velski   
I would love to see them in real life!
  Jun 20, 2010  •  11,541 views
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