Hold your horses! The Lipizzaner breed could become part of the United Nations protected heritage list

Adriana Lima
By Adriana Lima 2 Min Read
origin 1Lipizzan horses at the Vucijak stud farm ©Screengrab from AP video

2022 could still reserve a beautiful surprise for lovers of an exceptional European breed, the Lipizzan horse. Eight European countries have joined the cultural agency UNESCO in advance to grant the tradition of Lipizzan horse breeding UNESCO heritage status, and are awaiting a decision by the end of this month.

The Lipizzan horse is a noble breed, with ancestors dating back to 1580, when the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand I founded a stud farm near Lipica (now Slovenia).

The centuries-old tradition of horse breeding continues today in eight European countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. They have joined forces to secure the future of horse breeding in Europe with UNESCO granting it World Heritage status.

They are still awaiting the decision, which is expected later this month.

The Lipizzan is an endangered breed of horse as it is estimated that there are only 8,000 left in the world.

One of the stud farms hoping that UNESCO status will secure the future of the Lipizzaners is the Vucijak stud farm, founded in 1946 in the former Yugoslavia.

Lipizzaners are distinguished by their grace, beauty and swan necks, according to Miroslav Milanković. the manager of the stable.

Their special lineage spans nearly 500 years of history. Lipizzaners are also said to be the proudest horses, as well as the most capricious and energetic.

“If you train them correctly and earn their trust, the most obedient. After you win their trust, they will trust you forever. But just give them one reason to distrust you and they will never trust you again; hurt for always,” says Mićo Žuna, a horse trainer on the farm,

If you want to know more about Lipizzan horses, click on the video player above.

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