- The Marwari horse averages between 15 and 16 hands (60-64 inches, 152-163 centimeters)
- The colour of Marwari horses can be Black, Dark Bay, Bay, Chestnut, Palomino, Buckskin, Piebald, Skewbald and Grey
- Inward curving ears
- Facial profile is straight
- Neck is slender running into pronounced withers
- The chest is deep
- The shoulders are fairly straight
- The back is long
- The croup is pronounced
- The tail is set high
- Legs are slender with well-formed hooves
Marwari horses are recognised for their astounding beauty, and has now become a dignified animal for their owner. Today, these horses find their way into homes and farms for the people of India, and is progressively being used in horse shows and equestrian sports by its owners.
The Marwari desert horse continues to be the preferred animal across India because of its inherent hot-blood and smooth gait. The Marwari horse has attained great commercial value, and therefore, many reputed breeders are breeding an admirable stock across India.
These horses have been threatened by extinction, so the Government of India has banned all export in the past. The horse societies are urging the Government to lift the ban, thus recommencing export to the world of this beautiful and loyal Marwari horse.
The origin of the Marwari breed has been traced back to 1150 AD – recognised from the relics and the paintings of Marwari horses in the caves of western and central India, the region of which extended till Iran in those times. The Rajput Warriors got the breed to Rajasthan in the ensuing period of 1150 AD, the same is verified from the art, paintings and relics that date back to 15th – 18th century and are present in the palaces of Rajasthan. Thus, it can be safely proclaimed that the Marwari horse is one of the oldest known breeds of the modern world.
The breeding of Marwari horses was interrupted due to India attaining Independence from British Raj in 1947. Post independence most of the estates of the ruling kings were taken over by the newly formed Indian Government, bringing an abrupt end to the breeding of the Marwari war horse by the kings, whose need for a war horse came to an end. However the breed was gifted away as royal gifts to Rajputs, Raj Purohits and Brahmins of Kings who retained the breed in their homes.
Once again, the Marwari horse gained popularity with the advent of tourism in Rajasthan, where the activity of ‘Horse Safari’ increased in popularity, a popular recreation sport for many visitors. Native to the Marwar region of India, the Marwari horse is an ancient breed, well adapted to desert conditions in which it was first bred.
Soon it was realized and also recognized that the Marwari war horse was a unique hot-blooded saddle bred horse imbibing qualities of loyalty with very smooth gait and an ability to endure the rigors of the desert. The Marwari horse once again started being bred by the farmers and local breeders, and so the collectors and breeders were again accumulating a fine stock. The Marwari war horse now survives as ‘The Desert Horse Of India’.
In late 90’s the Horse Society Of India was formed, where the breed characteristics were created and chartered by the Indian Government, implementing standards that are now being followed by all the breeders of India.
The presence of the Marwari horse in the State of Maharashtra of India dates back to the times of King ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’ who used this fine saddle bred Marwari war horse as his personal horse, and for his warriors for all the guerilla warfare that the Maharaj carried out to protect the State from the invaders.