The Spanish Riding School's Lipizzaners
had received too many winter snacks from stable attendants, school head Elisabeth Guertler said.
Being the Austrian emperor's private breed, famous for performing at Vienna's Spanish Riding School, the Lipizzaners
lost their protector during World War I and have, ever since, served as (war) bounty for Mussolini, Hitler, Tito, and Ceausescu, in succession.
The world famous Lipizzaners
, which are also known as 'The Dancing White Stallions', also displayed their nimble techniques to classical music during their first-ever performance in the Middle East.
may be the royalty of the horse world but for a chance to get up close to the trappings of the Austrian royal families we took a trip to the Imperial Treasury packed with treasures, from the world's largest emerald to the Habsburgs' coronation robes, crowns, religious artifacts and a golden crib.
They are the Lipizzaners
, descendants of horses bred in the 16th century for the royal Hapsburg family of Austria.
Affected horses ranged from 4 months to 19 years and were thoroughbreds, Arabians, Lipizzaners
, Welsh ponies, warmbloods, and mixed breeds.
Unknown to the advancing Allies, at the geographic center of the upcoming battlefield was Europe's finest collection of horses, the Lipizzaners
, a majority of which belonged to the Spanish Riding Schools in Austria, Slovenia, and Italy, but were then under the control of the German Army.
We were not the only ones to think mid-summer a good time to travel - the Philharmonic and Symphony orchestras, the Vienna choirboys, and even the Lipizzaners
, had all fled the city for their summer hols.
Over the years, the Lipizzaners
have performed for more than 23 million people throughout the U.
What made this really special was that most of the horses were Lipizzaners
- or "emperor's white horses", the ones that are famously trained to leap in the air.
have long served as a symbol of Austria's past glory during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which stretched across much of Europe.
In Austrian tradition, the Lipizzaners
were the horses of the nobility.