Lovely spot in Styria where the Lipizzaners are bred and raised for their first few years. The guided tours were not available in English for our visit, but the audio guides were an adequate substitute. We actually enjoyed the chance to peruse the designated stable tour area at our own pace, separate from the large guided group. The highlight of the formal tour was the barn with the youngest colts and their mothers. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. After the formal tour, we browsed the grounds and had a bonus experience. A large group of mares were herded past us out to pasture and we got to see a few mares and their new colts being relocated by the staff. The best though, was getting to see a group of colts and mares frolicking in an open pasture. The young colts were very spirited, racing around and annoying one another and the mares. We could have watched for hours. Beautiful animals being treated with great care and affection by the staff. We saw a few old "retired" stallions that are finishing out their natural lives in this beautiful place.
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