Cinema: The Last of the War Horses

Miracle of the White Stallions. "My kingdom for a horse!" cried Richard III at Bosworth Field. He probably meant a Spanish horse. Some of the finest war horses of the Renaissance were derived from a mixture of Spanish and Arab stock, and in 1565 Maximilian II of Austria made military news of some magnitude when he imported a string of steel-white Spanish steeds to his estate at Lipizza. In 1735 the Spanish Riding School was established in Vienna to train the finest Lipizzan stallions in the classic battle tactics devised by a French riding master named Antoine Pluvinel. Bonapartes and Habsburgs...

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