Breeds Profiles - Lipizzaner

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Find out more about the Lipizzaner horse breed including typical conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breeds Profiles - Lipizzaner
Breeds Profiles - Lipizzaner

Lipizzaner horse breed summary:

Origin - Europe
Height - Between 14.2 and 15.2hh
Colour - Generally grey in colour but rarely bay or black
Conformation - Long heads, high withers, strong well-muscled legs
Ideal disciplines - Dressage, show-jumping, all-rounder

The ancestors of the modern day Lipizzaner can be traced back to 800AD. They have a similar ancestry to that of the Andalusian and other Spanish horses. In the mid 1500s the Lipizza stud was established in Austria to breed Spanish horses and this is where the Lipizzaner originates. All Lipizzaner horses can be traced back to nine foundation stallions.

The Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, only use Lipizzaner horses because of their trainability and natural dressage ability.


Lipizzaner horses are between 14.2 and 15.2hh in height and although they can very rarely be bay or black they are generally grey in colour. All Lipizzaners are born black in colour but become lighter each year, until they eventually become grey. They have long heads, high withers and strong, well-muscled legs. They take longer to mature than most breeds but they have a longer working life, often remaining fit well into their 20s.


Lipizzaners are highly intelligent and enjoy learning, which is why they are the horse of choice for the Spanish Riding School. This love for training, combined with natural athletic ability is what makes them popular for advanced level dressage.

Ideal Disciplines

They are ideal for the following disciplines:

• Dressage

• Show Jumping

• All-rounder

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