Marwari Horse

Marwari Horse photo
Marwari Horse stallion
Photograph by Virendra.kankariya. License: Public Domain.


The Marwari or Malani is an Indian horse breed. It has a compact, rounded body with excellent proportions. The head is graceful with a straight profile and large, expressive eyes. The Marwari's most prominent feature is its ears. These are pointed inwardly and usually touch or overlap. The neck is lean and arched while the back short and straight. The Marwari has upright, forward facing shoulders, not too broad a chest and well defined withers. Its legs are long, elegant and strong. The hindquarters are well rounded and powerful. Overall, the Marwari is a slender, upright horse that has an air of pride.

14.3 and 15 hands.

Comes in all colors. The most common are black and white, red and white, piebald and skewbald. It is usual for Marwaris' lower legs to be white.

The horse is a brave, loyal animal whose achievements have often been recorded in Indian literature. It is a hard and willing worker, spirited and does not tire easily.

Suitable for
The Marwari is a very enduring, strong and competitive breed and suitable to be used in sports. It is most commonly used in dressage and endurance riding. It is also used as a driving horse in carriages. Its aristocratic disposition makes ideal for use in various ceremonies including weddings or even royal events. The Marwari has a very smooth gait and thus is very suitable for leisure riding.

The breed was developed in the hot climate of India and as a result, is extremely hardy. It is a relatively easy keeper when it comes to feeding; it does not require as much carbohydrates or fat as other horse breeds due to its efficient digestive system. Marwari horses are social, therefore it is advisable to keep them will other individuals. They also require regular exercise and do better if kept outdoors. Although they are not very expensive to keep, the Marwari are aristocratic horses and demand your full attention and care.

The history of the breed begins in the 12th century in the Manwar region of India. The local rulers, the Rathores, started breeding these horses for use in wars as they had noticed how brave and loyal they were. Although the exact parent breeds of the Marwari are unknown, it has Arabian blood and is related to the Kathiawari breed. Although the breed was highly valued throughout the centuries, early on in the 20th century interest in it was lost and it reached the brink of extinction. The renewed tourist interest in India however, contributed the most to the breed's swift recovery. In 1995 the Marwari was introduced in the United States.

The Marwari is a highly prized, aristocratic horse breed and the Indian government is doing its best to coordinate breeding programs that ensure that it remains pure. The breed's average lifespan is 25-30 years.