The Marwari is a very rare breed of horse, native to the Maraw/Jodhpur region of India.
The breed are probably best known for their unusual ears, which have inward-turning tips. It is thought that the breed is descended from Indian ponies which were crossed with Arabian horses. Indian folklore suggests that the Arabian horses came to the region during a shipwreck off the Indian coast. Legend has it that seven horses were found off the Kachchh District and taken to the Marwar region and thus, the Marwari horse was born.
Varying reports suggest that the breed has some Mongolian breeding within its genetics.
As mentioned, the most unique characteristic about the Marwari horse is the inward curvature of their ears, with tips meeting. This is a primary characteristic of the breed.
Generally, a full grown Marwari is between 14.2 and 15.2 hands tall, though Marwari horses from different regions in India tend to be very varied in size, from 14 to 16 hands. The breed is usually brown in colour and varies from chestnut brown to grey, bay, palomino, piebald or skewbald. White horses, due to their religious connections in India, are not accepted into Marwar stud books. Marwari horses in grey are the most sought after and also the most expensive variations.
A hardy breed, black variations are considered unlucky and the symbol of death. Therefore, they are not as sought after. On the flip side, Horses that have the white markings of a blaze and four white socks are considered extremely lucky.
A breed only developed due to an unfortunate shipwreck hundreds of years ago, luckily for the Indian population, the Arabian horses survived the shipwreck and the Marwari lives on.