Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Beautiful Feet History of the Horse - The Lipizzaner

RileyAnn is completing Beautiful Feet History of the Horse this year for literature.  This wonderful study covers science and history as well, but I've assigned it primarily for the literature piece.  It uses the Marguerite Henry horse books in addition to other great literature like The Black Stallion and Black Beauty.  She is really enjoying the study.  Here is one of her drawings and a report she wrote after reading White Stallion of Lipizza by Marguerite Henry and furthering her research on the Lipizzaner stallions...

The Lipizzaner
by RileyAnn
January 2015

Lipizzaners are wonderful horses.  They are named for the place where they were first bred, Lipizza, Hungary.  Lipizzaners are greatly known for their performances with Vienna's Spanish Riding School.  The Riding School's horses are raised in Piber, Austria.  

Lipizzaner foals are actually born black.  They whiten with age.  Usually only white stallions are trained for show, but occasionally a brown colt is born.  This is considered a good omen.  If this happens then this brown Lipizzaner may also be trained for show.  In show Lipizzaners usually do six traditional movements, the Passage, the Piaffe, the Levade, the Ballotade, the Capriole, and the Courbette.   Lipizzaners do all these moves naturally.

Long ago in Ancient Greece, there was a man named Xenophon.  He was a historian and general.  He also had great skill in training war horses in these movements.  He wrote many books on this topic.  Lipizzaners make great show horses, but they can also be used for the saddle or the harness. 


  1. Never heard of that type of horse...neat!!! Please let your daughter know her drawings are very pretty!

    On another you think using BF in conjunction with TQ would work? I found TQ first, and then just right after that found BF. I have both. My issue is that I DO NOT like a teacher's manual that dictates what to do. I do not do well with a canned/packaged curriculum. But...I love BF's philosophy and their book list! Any thoughts???

  2. Thank you Shannon....Yes, in my opinion TQ and BF work well together. I've been combining them for the past couple of years. I look at them both as "guides". I pick and choose what I like from each and leave the rest. Most of the BF books are recommended in the TQ guides. I like having optional/supplemental discussion questions, bible verses, vocabulary words, map work, etc. This is how I pull in and supplement with the BF guides.


    1. Sounds great! Great minds think alike. ;) My BF guides have sat shelved because I went through this "guilt" phase of not wanting to quit TQ. I love Michelle and all that she has done in her work for the homeschool community. But...I also love the ease of BF's guides and books that you can buy in a package set. Anyway, I see us using both similar to how you've done so. Once we get moved, if a certain period of history seems challenging for us to obtain books, then I will resort to the BF guides and list to ease the challenge of finding books for TQ...if that makes sense! :) Thank you again for your advice. You are my mentor when it comes to history!