| The Lipizzan is one of Europe's oldest breeds of horse. It is known as the Lipizzaner there. The military needed horses that were light and fast. Therefore, Lippizan horses were bred for this purpose.
The Lipizzan beagn in 1580. Archduke Charles II formed a studfarm in Lippizza (Lipica) using good Spanish horses, Andalusions, Barbs, and Berbers that were bred to the local Karst horses. The Karst horse gave the Lippizan it's high stepping gait.
In the 1700's, during the Napoleonic Wars, the horses were moved several times. Napolean has possesion of the horses for a while. He bred his Arabian stallion to the Lippizaners.