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    11-17-2011, 10:45 AM

Anyone here own or ride Lipizzaners? What are they like in general? My daughter rode one recently and he seemed very gentle and sweet but rather lazy. His stride and spring were huge compared to her little Arab! She might take a few more lessons on him in the future and I thought it might be fun to hear a little about them.

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    11-17-2011, 02:44 PM
I have a friend with a Lippizanner x Andalusian.
Very nice horse with very good gaits and he really has a good temprament.
He's also a nice jumper.
    11-18-2011, 10:19 AM
I bet your friends horse was beautiful. I was surprised by how gentle and nice the one my daughter rode was. She really liked the different movement compared to her horse but as I mentioned above, he was a little lazy! There were a few other Lipizzans at the barn and they all seemed really sweet and liked attention. I'm curious about how they work with their handlers - how responsive and/or willing they are.

Any others?
    11-18-2011, 12:52 PM
He's very easy going,we can bring him from the field to his stable without a halter.
Sometimes he's a little excited (he was castrated very late,he was 10) put he will never cause you harm.
He's also bay,moste are white.
    11-25-2011, 12:50 PM
Across the Diagonal Farm - Lipizzan Breeding Farm Competitive Classical Dressage Training Stable

I have ridden and been around quite a few lippizaners. They are known for their gentle temperament, even the stallions. Their gaits tend to be very expressive and elastic, making for a great ride.

The link above is a barn located close to my home. The website isn't that great, but the trainer is pretty darn amazing. Every year the barn hosts a clinic for Chief Rider - Andreas Hausberge from the The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.
    11-26-2011, 03:27 PM
Sounds like gentleness is a common trait with this breed and the horse she rode was wonderfully sweet and gentle. How about the laziness? My daughter is used to a horse that likes to go and is very responsive to her so the lazy thing is a different kind of work for her! She really enjoyed the ride though and is looking forward to another.

Sj - that barn looks great! Do you ride with the trainer? How lucky you are to have such talented trainer in your area! Have you been to one of the Andreas Hausberge clinics? There was one last summer in our area but we couldn't make it. Would be fun to watch though! We might go audit a Guenter Siedel clinic in a couple of months for fun.
    11-26-2011, 04:24 PM
Yes I am extremely spoiled here with all of the great trainers we have. I used to ride with Jennifer Roth but have since then changed to riding as a hunter/jumper. She is a great instructor with students possessing a show record to prove it.

I did go to one of the clinics. They are really good. I would highly recommend going, even just to audit.

As for the laziness thing I would have to say that although the breed does influence the forwardness of a horse it is also on a case to case basis. Perhaps the horse she was riding is lazy because he is an old school horse. Typically old school horses are lazy. I have both seen lipizzaners that need a little encouragement and those that are pretty sparky.

All in all Lipizzaners, andalusians, friesians tend to be one of the gentler breeds of horses.
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    11-28-2011, 09:38 AM
Well, the horse she was riding was definitely not a school horse - lol! He was around 10 a little bit green. The horse has not been ridden much off the property and had only had 3 or 4 other riders before my daughter (but plenty of rides). He would trot, no problem, but get him into a canter and he would want to break after about 5 strides! My daughter had to work hard to keep him at a canter at least half way around the arena. We were warned that he is kind of lazy but it was still pretty funny to see. I really loved how powerful he was though. It was great fun to watch my little 10-year old trotting around on a horse with such a big trot and canter, at least when he was cantering!
    12-26-2011, 06:28 AM
I owned a Lipizzaner, but he died, they are special horses with lots of character, hard to raise though, but when you gain their trush it impossible to compare the love that they will give to you, in my country their are the most Lipizzaners in the world. They are part of our traditions, so I have only words of praise for them!
    12-26-2011, 11:50 PM
I have seen Lipizzaners at shows before
They are beautiful

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