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The History of the Marwari Horse
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The History of the Marwari Horse

From the Marwarian region of India comes the Marwari horse. Descended from Arabian horse and native Indian horses, they are said to even have some Mongolian blood.

Noted for its ambling gait and bravery in battle from its history as a cavalry horse, this breed seemed to go extinct by the 1930's. Having been used also for agricultural work and packing, it had lost its popularity until a breed society was formed in 1995. Only about 5,000 of the breed survive today and they have been categorized as endangered. 

With the elimination of the export of this animal for many years, it wasn't until the early 21st century before the Marwari began to be seen in small numbers out side of India.  

Within the breed is a strain known as Natchini which is said to have been born to dance. It, therefore, only seems natural for this breed to have a natural aptitude to perform. Used for playing polo and for dressage, they have a natural ambling gait.

The breed has a average height of 14 to 17 hands high. These horses are known for their in turned ears, called 'lyre shaped' because it is shaped like the musical instrument. They turn at a 180 degree angle. They can be of any coloring although it is said that the white ones or ones with white markings such as a blaze or four white socks are said to be the most lucky. The pure white ones are used in religious work and are not accepted in the stud books. The black ones are the color of death and said to be the most unlucky. Gray ones are the most favored and valued with the skewbald (with white patches) or piebald (black and white) being second in popularity.

In a continued effort to preserve this breed, scientists have recently found the entire genome sequencing. This came after scientists from several universities studied the DNA of a 17-year old Marwari named Humayun. This breed also holds this in common with that of the Kathiawari and the gene that gave them its ambling gait.

 

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  1. Chestnut Mare
    Chestnut Mare
    Voted. Very interesting blog.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you for your interest.
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  2. Sarah Johnston
    Sarah Johnston
    This is a great post and very interesting. Voted.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate it.
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  3. Sparks
    Where can I get me one of these? lol Lovely article Eve!
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Long way to go for one and then you do get it home. Ride it?.LOL Thank you.
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      1. Sparks
        I used to ride dressage.........and we have lots of room here in town. Horses are a big deal here.
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        1. Eve Sherrill York
          Eve Sherrill York
          Well, you otta put some of this blood in the mix.
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          1. Sparks
            Don't I wish!
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  4. Moocowlvr
    #7 love you
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Funny girl.
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      1. Sparks
        I try! lol
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    2. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Funny girl!
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  5. Archippus
    Vote #8 - Interesting information on the Marwari horse, Eve.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I found it interesting and had to write on it.
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  6. tzigane
    Very interesting! I love horses.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I know you do young lady.
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  7. Oreocookie3
    Nice article. I never heard of this breed of Horace. Beautiful. I voted. Hope it registered.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      It was fine Sally. Thanks so much. Hope you feel better.
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  8. Mark Calvo
    Mark Calvo
    I have a Facebook friend who lives in India. He photographs rides and is involved in the breeding of these horses. This is a wonderful breed with a great history. Thanks for taking the time to write this blog entry.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I found them interesting and that is why I wrote about them. Thank you for the support.
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