Today’s Horse Facts: The Marwari
Have you ever heard of the breed of horse known as the Marwari? If you have, did you know it’s a breed that comes from the country of India? I must admit that I had never heard of the Marwari until I was doing research on the Internet for different breeds of horses and I saw this most unusual horse. So, let’s take our ten-question quiz and see how much you know about this very strange-looking horse . Here we go with our True/False quiz:
1. Today’s Marwaris are descended from the war horses of the earliest days of India.
2. The Marwari horse was considered “divine” and superior to men in India’s early days.
3. Marwari horses come only in solid colors.
4. Marwaris are bred only in India.
5. This breed is tiny, never growing more than 15 hands.
6. The Marwari has powerful muscles and a nice round rump.
7. Only white Marwari horses are used for “religious” purposes in India.
8. A Marwari breed society was started in India in the 1970s to help preserve the pureness of the breed.
9. This special breed was only exported to the USA and Europe after 2000.
10. The most unique characteristic of this breed is its curly mane and tail.
Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Marwari expert! Here are the answers:
3. F They can be any color or combination of colors, pinto patterns being the most popular with breeders.
4. F There’s at least one other Marwari breeding farm in the USA at Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts.
5. F They are between 14 and 17 hands, the average being 15 and 16 hands.
8. F The society was started only in 1995.
10. F Its ears that bend toward each other and touch is this horse’s unique characteristic.
So, did you know all these facts about the Marwari horse? I didn’t, but now I’m glad to have learned about this most unusual horse.
If you want to learn more about this beautiful breed from India, look up these other websites to check on additional facts:
Next time, we’ll take a look at another breed of horse that we hardly ever hear mentioned: the Sorraia.