That might be true for other baroque breeds. I am fairly sure the Hapsburgs were breeding for driving a lot. Letís put it this way: I was born and grew up in the region. Iíve been seeing them in real life, in history books (which cover the Habsburgs extensively), in old family photos my whole life. I am going to hazard a guess that I do know a little bit more about how the breed was and is used than an average rider.
Here is a quote from one of the national associations:
ďThe Kladrub stud produced heavy carriage horses. Riding horses and light carriage horses came from the Lipizza stud although breeding stock was exchanged between the studs. The Kladrub stud produced Maestoso and Favory, two of the foundation sires of todayís Lipizzan.Ē
Please note that Kladrub were carriage horses almost exclusively. Maestoso and Favory lines are very, very common today.
Again, I am not saying they arenít riding horses. I am saying they are used for driving much more often and even in historical photos, in the era you are talking about, driving them was more common.
And grew up a few hour north of Vienna and have seen the "real thing" too back in the 60's and early 70's, up close and personal, but that doesn't mean squat for the history of the breed.
So yes, let's but this to rest with an extremely short history lesson on the breed to just cover the actual "Lipizzaner or Lipizzan" (depending on where you're from) horse.
The "Kladrub stud" was for heavy horses intended for pulling carriages. That was Max the 2nd's pet project. At the same time his brother Charley had his own pet project and started a school at Lipizza which created the breed of riding horses for war known as....(you guessed it)Ö.Lipizzaners. So now we know where they started, why they started, who started them, AND how they got their name.
Now I do hope you're not going to embarrass yourself by trying to dispute history with some other spin on the record. I don't care if "you" bred them to pull carriage. Yes, the Hapsburgs brought Spanish horses to create a breed for use in war that is known today as the Lipizzaner. Using a different breeding program someplace else to create carriage horses has nothing to do with that. When last we checked there wasn't a huge need for many carriages or a huge number of carriage horses in combat during the 1500's. The Lipizzaner derived it's name from the breeding program which was set up in Lipizza. Now of course you can (and people have and do) use a riding horse to pull carriages. It's done all the time. That does not mean that the breed of horse was created as a carriage horse (if so 90% of all the breeds in the world were intended to be carriage horses and hopefully we all know that's not the case).