The World of Rare Horses: The Lipizzaner
Horses are exquisite animals capable of so many different tasks from polo to jumping, roping to dressage, leading a carriage or packing into the mountains. With hundreds of breeds around the world bred for specific capabilities it is hard to narrow a list of the rarest horses to just a few but these stand out for good reason.
The Sorraia Horse is said to be the direct descendant of the wild Iberian horse but only 200 head currently remain living in South Iberia. The Tiger Horse is a rare breed which is said to have existed in Ancient Spain and the beginning of the New World and its looks are similar to an Appaloosa. The champion of medieval times in the UK was the Cleveland Bay which is now Critical on the Rare Horse Breeds Survival list. There are certainly more than these three to consider rare. But one of my personal favorites, and rare in terms of its abilities and characteristics, is the Lipizzaner. Bred for its military prowess, courage and smooth gait it is first-class in terms of its dressage movements and acrobatic feats. Typically one of these animals sells for $7,500 to $100,000 depending on its age, training and breeding lines.
Their colors, their talents, but most of all, their sweet and fiery dispositions place horses among some of the most amazing animals and truly loyal pets. These creatures are powerful and endearing, large and small, but no matter which breed it is they will always be loved.