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I don't think I will ever witness anything as amazing as a large white stallion doing a capriole*. Even if he did remind me of the fat white horse in the opera Bugs Bunny cartoon**.

The Lipizzaners were absolutely beautiful. Their origins as medieval warhorses are clear, I can totally see an armoured knight up there. They are huge and strong and radiate power with every move. I think only about a quarter of the audience appreciated the difficulty of some of the sequences, but I think all were impressed. It takes many years to train them and it shows. Most beautiful horses evar.


* a leap into the air with all four feet and then a kick out with the back legs, apparently intended to decapitate foot-soldiers.

** kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit...

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Date: 2008-11-08 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] extemporanea.livejournal.com
They are incredibly recognisable creatures - I saw a photo of one on the front page of the newspaper yesterday, and thought "Gosh, that's a Lipizzaner" without actually reading the caption or even knowing that there was a school in South Africa. I must be heavily imprinted on Mary Stewart :>. Damn, I wish I'd known they were in Cape Town, it's a bit late to arrange an expedition and I don't really want to go on my own.

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