The Marwari horses, also called Malani or Marwadi, are one of the most exotic looking horses in the World. You can find very few of these horses in Europe or America but they are actually from and mainlt in Asia. You can already guess by the name but the origin of this beautiful breed is called the Marwar region of Rajasthan, in north-west India. Here are five interesting facts about this extraordinary horse breed:
- Exotic look. The Marwari horses are easily distinguished from other horse breeds by their ears which are curled at the top. They can rotate the years 180º. It not an artificial feature made by humans in any way of clipping or wrapping, purebred foals are already born with them curled. Also, the Marwari’s aren’t the only one with such a gift, there are two similar horse breeds called the Kathiawari and Sindhi.
- Physique. Marwaris can be any equine color, from perlino to piebald. The height can be from 14 and 16 hands, or 142 to 162.56 centimeters, high. Weighting between 750 and 1,000 pounds, or 340 to 455 kilograms.
- Prevalence. Marwari horses are so rarely seen everywhere as other horse breeds is because the export from India is severely restricted. Only for six years from 2000 it was legally possible to export a small amount of Marwari horses. Until this day new new amendments of law from the government are still in process.
- History. It is believed that Marwari horses are descendants of the Rajput warriors warhorses what takes them back to the 12th century. The horses were considered divine beings, at times they were only allowed to be ridden by members of the Rajput families. The Rathores believed that the Marwari horse could only leave a battlefield under one of three conditions – victory, death, or carrying its wounded master to safety.
- Marwaris state in today’s world. The breed was on the verge of extinction until the intervention of Maharaja Umaid Singhji in the 20th century. Due to Ceiling there was no land available for grazing of horses and this was another blow to the Marwari Horse’s survival. In 1998 the Marwari Horse Society was formed and later named as All India Marwari Horse Society. It is now a National body which is working for the promotion, preservation and welfare of Marwari horse having its chapters in the States of India and having affiliated bodies in many countries.