What country of origin is the 'Marwari' horse from?
The 'Marwari or 'Malani' is a rare breed of horse from the 'Marwar' region of India. Known for its unique inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all equine colours, although piebald and skewbald (mixed colour) patterns tend to be the most popular with buyers and breeders.
The breed is known for its hardiness. Many breed members exhibit a natural ambling gait. The 'Marwari' horse averages between 14.2 and 15.2 hands (58 and 62 inches, 147 and 157 cm) high.
The 'Marwari' is descended from native Indian ponies crossed with Arabian horses. The ponies were small and hardy, but with poor conformation; the influence of the Arabian blood improved the appearance without compromising the hardiness. The Arabians possibly came ashore from a cargo ship wrecked off India's west coast.
Legend in India states that the Arabian ship, containing seven Arabian horses of good breeding, was shipwrecked off the shore of the 'Kachchh District'. These horses were then taken to the 'Marwar District' and used as foundation bloodstock for the 'Marwari'.
The 'Marwari' is used for light draught and agricultural work, as well as riding and packing. In 1995, a breed society was formed for the 'Marwari horse' in India. The exportation of 'Marwari horses' was banned for decades, but between 2000 and 2006, a small number of exports were allowed, and now have become more popular and famous worldwide.