Prancing in Vienna

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

DSC03244What’s born black, turns grey, and at 10 years of age turns WHITE?

If you’ve been here you know it’s the Lipizzaner Stallions of the Spanish Riding School; you know that drill team of white horses that can leap in the air and seem to glide through their routines.

We went to a practice session (at 14 euros per person , we couldn’t afford the 100+ fee for a show). It was rather enthralling to see them put through their paces and also to train the up and coming colts.

It takes 10 years for them to be show-ready, but they live over 30 years and are pampered like you can’t believe.

We got a special treat when we were ambling around the Habsburg Palace grounds and they were escorted from their stables to a private training ground right in front of us. NO one gets that close!

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