Quick Facts :
Originated in Lipica, Slovenia.
Average Height 14.2.-15.2hh
- Over 400 years old selective breeding they are horses of royalty.
Grey is the dominant color of the Lipizzan today. Born dark, black-brown, brown, or mouse-grey, they usually turn white somewhere between the ages of 6 and 10. Very rare Black and Bay colors are accepted.
Developed exclusively by the Hapsburg monarchy for its use during times of war and peace, the Lipizzan is the true horse of royalty. Four hundred years of selective breeding have made the Lipizzan one of Europe’s oldest breeds of horse. The Lipizzan’s historical and cultural development enhances its mystique. Physically capable of withstanding the demands of the Airs Above the Ground, this baroque mount was bred to perform haute ecole dressage at the Spanish Riding School and owes its survival to the intervention of American General George S. Patton during World War II.
The Lipizzan traces back to Iberian and Berber horses imported by Archduke Charles who founded a stud at Lipizza in 1580. As a ceremonial horse, the breed has nobility, brilliance, and style. Its balanced agility, temperament, and good character distinguish it. A Lipizzan is distinctive for its docility and intelligence and has become world famous because of its connection with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.
The Lipizzan is noted for its sturdy body, brilliant action, and proud carriage. The rectangular compact body, set off by a powerful, crested neck, presents a picture of strength with broad back and loins, well-rounded quarters, muscular shoulders and short, strong legs with well-defined tendons and joints. The head is usually straight or slightly convex; big prominent eyes are set wide apart; small ears are set rather wide apart and carried alertly; a small muzzle balances a prominent jaw.
Information provided by Lipizzan Association of North America.