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Equus caballus
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usually under 16 hands tall.
usually under 16 hands tall.
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  The Lipizzans are also known as Lipizzaners. It is a well-known breed, but are quite rare, with only 3,000 purebred Lipizzans remaining in the world today. The Lipizzans are a result of breeding Arabians brought with the Moors to Spanish native breeds. It makes it home in Spain today. Lipizzans are the principle breed in use at the Spanish Riding School, where they are also bred. The Spanish Riding School seeks to continue the art of classical horsemanship and the Lipizzaners are well suited to the task. Because they are very docile, they are very suitable for younger mounts. Though the Lipizzans are small, they are very powerful. They can live up to 35 years or more. They mature around 10 years or so. They are elegant, noble animals, but from the age of eight months to three years, they are scraggly and spindly. They can display a firery temperament when being ridden or turned out. Their regal bearing more than makes up for their small stature. They have a sturdy body and a short, strong neck. Their head are similar to Arabians, especially the small ears and the shape of the nose. Its legs are short and strong and its shoulders are heavy. The tail and mane are thick and luxurious, with the tail being carried high. Usually the Lipizzan is born black, brown or gray and lightens to white between six and ten years of age. They have dark skin, so when it is wet, they appear gray. Lipizzans can appear in other colors, including black, bay and roan, but these darker colors are bred out and are very rare today.  
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