Nature: Legendary White Stallions
Wednesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Hear the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions, from their origins in ancient times to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945.
This episode of "Nature" focuses on the bond that develops between horse and rider, beginning at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Here the perfect harmony between horse and rider, as well as the beauty and power of the magnificent white stallions, is celebrated in their impressive performance.
Their carefully choreographed movements were originally intended for war. Then, only the strongest and most athletic of the horses were chosen. The Lipizzaner stallion was bred for its courage, strength and character, but the horse is also gentle, sensitive and exceptionally responsive to praise.
Pictured above: A Lipizzaner and his rider perform a capriole.
At right: Lipizzaners in quadrille formation at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.