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Daily schedule
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09:00
Opening of the Stud Farm
09:00 - 20:00
Summer garden
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Please note that the schedule of the summer garden may vary due to weather conditions, as it is located outdoors. In case of bad weather, the operating hours may be adjusted or it may close. Thank you for your understanding.
09:30
Release of mares to pasture *
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* Turnout time may vary due to weather conditions and the unpredictable nature of the animals.
10:00
 Guided tour
14:00
 Guided tour
16:00
Guided tour
18:00
Return of mares from pasture *
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* Return time may vary due to weather conditions and the unpredictable nature of the animals.
18:00
Closing the stud farm
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About the Stud Farm

The Cradle of the White Horses

Lipica is the home of the Lipizzan horses and the biggest Lipizzan stud farm in the world. The beginning of its unique story dates back to 1580. The story of the world’s first stud farm for Lipizzan horses is also a story of pleasant experiences. Experience it in the company of over 300 white Lipizzan horses across more than 300 hectares of green space.

Lipizzan horses
The Lipizzan horse, one of the oldest cultural horse breeds in Europe and the world, has been developed at the Lipica Stud Farm since its foundation in 1580. Today, the Lipizzan horse is known mainly as a white horse. However, the horses we call white are actually mostly grey. Lipizzan horses are born dark, but they soon turn grey because of a mutated gene.
“The Lipizzan horse, one of the oldest cultural horse breeds in Europe and the world”
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Breeding herd

Three studs were bought in Spain in the first year, and 24 broodmares and six studs in the following year for crossbreeding with the Karst horses, which were famous in antiquity and the Middle Ages for their beauty, endurance, and strong constitution.

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Breeding of Lipizzan horses

The Lipica Stud Farm breeds horses in the traditional way. The studs placed in individual enclosed stalls in stables are in regular training, while the broodmares are situated in a common stable and breeding is free.

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Re-establishment of breeding

After 1947, the Lipica Stud Farm re-established its breeding activity, created a classical dressage riding school, and through the systematic use of the bred horses in harness, ensured that the horses’ working ability was tested in the traditional manner prevailing at the time.

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Breeding programme

In accordance with the Livestock Farming Act and secondary legislation regulating horse breeding, the Lipica Stud Farm in 2010 prepared amendments to the breeding programme for the Lipizzan breed, and renewed the acknowledged status of the breeding organisation of the Lipica Stud Farm holding the original studbook.

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Interesting facts about Lipizzan horses
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Hair

In winter, horses have denser and longer hair. Before winter, they are thoroughly brushed, which helps to speed up blood circulation and the shedding of summer hair, so that the coat change happens as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Ears

The positioning of the ears indicates the horse’s mood.

Eyes

The large eyes along the sides of the head cover a wide field of view, and each eye can independently observe what is happening on its side of the body.

Teeth

A horse’s teeth grow continuously. They are worn down through grazing; however, domesticated horses need to have their teeth floated every few years.

Nutrition

Horses are herbivores, which means that they feed exclusively on plants (fresh grass, hay, etc.). Interestingly, it is best not to feed them pears because it causes bloating.

Tail

Horse tail hair is also used for the bows of the finest string instruments.

Joints

Horses mostly stand during the day, and they can also doze while standing. Horses “lock” the joints and muscles in their legs during napping, which is why they do not fall, even while sleeping.

Hooves

Horse hooves are made out of the same substance that forms our fingernails. The hooves grow continuously, so they need to be trimmed and rasped.

Nose

The horse recognises things more by smell than by appearance.

Hair

In winter, horses have denser and longer hair. Before winter, they are thoroughly brushed, which helps to speed up blood circulation and the shedding of summer hair, so that the coat change happens as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Ears

The positioning of the ears indicates the horse’s mood.

Eyes

The large eyes along the sides of the head cover a wide field of view, and each eye can independently observe what is happening on its side of the body.

Teeth

A horse’s teeth grow continuously. They are worn down through grazing; however, domesticated horses need to have their teeth floated every few years.

Nutrition

Horses are herbivores, which means that they feed exclusively on plants (fresh grass, hay, etc.). Interestingly, it is best not to feed them pears because it causes bloating.

Tail

Horse tail hair is also used for the bows of the finest string instruments.

Joints

Horses mostly stand during the day, and they can also doze while standing. Horses “lock” the joints and muscles in their legs during napping, which is why they do not fall, even while sleeping.

Hooves

Horse hooves are made out of the same substance that forms our fingernails. The hooves grow continuously, so they need to be trimmed and rasped.

Nose

The horse recognises things more by smell than by appearance.

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Meeting the horses

Gain their trust and make friends with the horses, which is also the first step in their schooling. You can experience all this in the Meeting the Horses programme.

Lipica Riding School

The Lipica Riding School only began developing in 1952, when the Department of Haute École was established at the Lipica Stud Farm. It has been modelled on the Spanish Riding School in Vienna since the very beginning. The first notable successes were achieved by Alfonz Pečovnik in the late 1950s. After 1980, competitors from Lipica became the best in the world. They competed individually and as a team in European and world championships, Olympic Games, European leagues, and the Balkan Games.

Museums and the Gallery

Lipica houses several museums that testify to the rich and varied history of Lipica, horses, and other heritage.

Culinary Museum

A museum dedicated to the heritage of Karst cuisine.

Lipikum Museum

The largest museum in Lipica, where you can interactively learn everything about the history of Lipica, Lipizzan horses, and horses in general.

Carriage Museum

Some of the carriages that were used to transport people throughout history are on display in the Carriage Museum.

Avgust Černigoj Gallery

Avgust Černigoj was a Constructivist, and one of the leading figures of the Slovenian avant-garde in fine arts.

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What to do in Lipica

Visit to the Stud Farm
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A Show by the Lipica Riding School
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Gratia restaurant
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