The Marwari horse of today is descended from the splendid war horses that have served the ruling families and warriors of feudal India.
Then, and throughout most of India’s history, their status was unparalleled.
They were declared divine, and superior to all men, including those of royal blood.
The Marwari horse is native to the Marwar region of India, and its origins are entwined with local folklore.
The Rathores, a warrior clan of the Raiputs, were driven from their kingdom of Kannaju around the 12th century.
The harsh and desolate land in which they resettled was known as “Maru Pradesh,” the land of death, and it required a rugged horse.
The native Marwari horse proved well suited for both the desert and its role in battle for the Rathore cavalry.
With their long history as warrior horses in the desert, the Marwari are adaptable and agreeable in a variety of rugged environments.
In the desert, their smaller frame and light weight help them negotiate uneven and soft desert sand.
The Marwari breed has long been noted for its exceptional hearing: allowing both horse and rider early warning of impending danger.
The Marwari horses have several distinctive physical characteristics.
They have an extremely proud bearing, distinctive aquiline head and deeply expressive eyes.
Perhaps most noticeable are the ears with their unusual lyre-shape which often appear to meet at the tips.
This is unique to the breed. They are noted for their graceful, active gait and their good nature.
Link: About The Marwari Breed
Link: Saving The Raja’s Horse ~ Smithsonian Magazine