damn that aisle is narrow! :eek:
Oh man... I love the horse closest to the camera and on the left. What an absolutely regal head and neck!
Beautiful picture. Noticed that there appears to be a brand on the cheek of the stallion on the right. So looked it up.
Found this web site: http://tractortracks.blogspot.com/20...pizzaners.html
where they say:
"Lipizzaners are marked by their brands, on the left cheek, the brand of descent, usually an L denoting a purebred Lipizzaner, on the left withers, a letter denoting the bloodline of the sire (out of the six classical bloodlines) and a symbol denoting the bloodline of the dam (out of the same six bloodlines) and the left hip carrying the brand of the stud at which the horse was foaled. The Piber stud's mark is a P beneath a crown. The only brand on the right side of the horse is the foal registry number, and all brands, excepting the cheek brand and the hip brand, are covered by the saddle."
That's a lot of hot branding. Ouch.
I lived in Vienna in 1981. Back then the stables had box stalls for the older stallions, and tie stalls for the younger ones (and by the level of greying the sorting was kind of obvious) I don't know what year the stables were re-done- but the most recent pictures I have seen of the courtyard, they have done some major renovations. I believe that all the horses now have box stalls which probably cut down on the original aisle size.
If your eyes are drawn to the handsome horses in this picture- try to tear your gaze away for a moment and notice the sculpted horse heads over the stalls of the foundation stallions! (those were there way back then too)
Looks like those guys wouldn't have a problem with a Northeaster at all. This video is soooooo cute: