How many breeds can boast escaping extinction several times? Originating in the region now part of modern day Slovenia this breed takes its name from the village of Lipica. With a lineage that dates back to the 16th century and a breed that has the agility and strength to be used for centuries through war it is no wonder that the Lipizzan or Lippizaner has surpassed time. Powerful yet agile this breed was favoured amongst the regional nobility and war lords in the 16th century. With this history it is no wonder this breed survived several European Wars including the Napoleonic Wars, WWI and WWII. Its existence today is partly due to wartime movements and relocation. This is the Grace Kelly of horse breeds. A strong, elegant and classical breed that wows crowds and schools globally. The execution of classical dressage and their signature “airs above the ground “movement are what make this breed a cut above the rest. It is for this reason alone that the world renowned Spanish Riding School favour this breed for classical training and movement in dressage and driving.
So how do you pick this star out of a line up?
A predominately gray breed with foals born black or white and then transforming into the classic Lipizzan Gray between the ages of 6 and 10. With strong muscular legs, broad shoulders and expressive dark eyes that would melt any heart the Lipizzan has the build for high performance. Interestingly the life span of this breed is 20-30 years. Modern day risks for this classical breed may no longer be due to conflict but instead to the physical pressures of a highly trained performance horse. Its signature movements such as the “airs above the ground “and other classic dressage training over time creates strain and damage to this graceful and artistic breed.
Gastric ulcers are a common physical ailment for performance horses
that cannot be left untreated. Other causes of gastric ulcers can be stress from transportation, stall confinement, poor diet and digestion with the inability to turnout when travelling or when stalled. So how do you know when your horse is suffering from equine gastric ulcers? Common signs are a change in attitude, dull coat condition, a decrease in weight, teeth grinding, a drop in performance or reluctance to train. More serious signs that your horse may be suffering a gastric ulcer are abdominal pain and excessive teeth grinding.
Prevention is always better than cure.
The following techniques can assist in preventing gastric ulcers: Using a preventative dosage of Omeprazole Granules such as Abprazole; Reduce frequent transportation and other stress inducing situations such as intense training; Turning out to pasture more regularly; Including alfalfa hay to your horses’ diet; Enabling socialization among stalled horses to reduce anxiety and stress.
If treatment is required for equine gastric ulcers then your consulting veterinarian may recommend equine omeprazole granules, Abprazole or “Blue Pop Rocks” as they are more commonly known. The benefits of this product include:
- Once daily dosage
- FDA Approved ingredients
- Affordable and cost effective
- Hassle free feeding.
- Enteric coated granules go unnoticed by horses
With any high performance breed of horse quality training is not the only component to the success of the horse or breed. A balance of environment, diet, medical care and socializing are all factors in the pursuit of a happy and well cared for horse.
You can’t keep a good Breed of Horse Down
There is no doubt this majestic breed will continue to escape any future threat of extinction through its inbuilt resistance and genetic lineage. How many other breeds can trace back to eight foundation lines? This graceful and talented horse will continue to show at its finest globally in decades to come.