Ballet Horse Dancing In Spain

Spain is a popular tourist destination for many reasons, of horse-training-tipswhich exploring Spanish equestrian art is one.

Spanish riding schools are known around the world for a breed of horse, Lipizzaner. They have been bred and trained for centuries. If you’re visiting Spain, watching a Lipizzaner ballet dancing is a must. This is performed at many venues around the country including the prestigious Royal School of Equestrian Art in Andalusia.

Keep reading for a virtual tour of Lipizzaner training schools and their dancing shows.

Lipizzaner – The Pride of Spain

Well-built, docile, beautiful and admired all around the world; that’s how you describe a Lipizzaner. The breed was developed under the patronage of Habsburg dynasty dating back to 16th century.

Lipizzaner derive their name from a town in modern day Slovenia called Lipica where they were first domesticated in a farmhouse. The Lipizzaner International Federation has registered 11,000 horses in four continents, the majority of which is in Europe, and a little population is in America, Africa and Australia. The Lipizzaner is a strong breed, that ages slowly and has a long lifespan.

Training the basics

Spanish Riding Schools buy three year old foals and begin their formal training by allowing them to gallop in the pastures.

You can visit the stables of any of these schools to see unique specimens of the Lipizzaner and their warm up drills on the track. After few months, training under saddle begins, where the young steed learns to obey commands. Later, the trainer teaches them to lunge as one of the first moves.

Muscular development of the horse takes place side by side as it learns to carry its own and the trainer’s combined weight. In the early stages of training, the steed is taught motion commands like starting to move at the press of rider’s leg, until they are ready to understand more complicated instructions of the dance moves called ‘Airs-above-Ground’.

The Dance

After the Lipizzaner develop their learning ability of responding to whips and side-reins, eventually they are taught the dance moves. These moves are similar to that of a ballerina. Here, the horse dances to the tune of Spanish

The ‘Levade’ includes horse lifting its forepaws 20 to 30 cm above ground on its hind legs. A more complex move is making horse rear at 45 degree angle to the ground which is called ‘Pesade’. This move was developed by cavalrymen to gain a full view of the battlefield, and is the opposite of Levade, which is making horse ‘sit down’ on its hind legs.

‘Courbette’; the horse is made to raise itself on its haunches and leap forward at the command of its master. ‘Capriole’ is the combo of all the three moves with one more step added.

In this magnificent move, the horse bends its hind legs, raises and lungs forward with all four feet in the air, kicking out with its hind legs at the top of its leap.

If you pass through South Spain, don’t miss the chance to see the majestic ballet dancing shows of Lipizzaner horse. Art, history, beauty and entertainment; this is what the display is like. It promises a fascinating and colorful spectacle for all types of audience.For more information on horse training methods, view the best horse training videos online.

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