There is more to equestrian travel than simply viewing another country from horseback, one of the highlights of your trip will be getting to know the personality of your four-legged travel companion. With hundreds of different breeds inhabiting the world, we wanted to divulge a little bit about some of the more unique equines and where you can venture to find them. This month we are focusing on the Marwari Horse…
There is no better way to see Rajasthan in India than from the back of a beautiful, forward going Marwari Horse. This semi arid landscape offers a plethora of spectacular sites and terrain, including farmlands, desert, rocky gorges, acacia forests, jungle scrub and the fertile Aravali hills, making it the perfect trip for adventurous rider!
You can’t fail to recognise the Marwari horse, with its inward-turning ear tips. Originating from the Marwar region of India, these fine but hardy horses descended from native Indian ponies crossed with Arabian horses and average between 15 – 16hh. Used during war times, the Marwari horse was especially celebrated for its loyalty and bravery in battle and for many years they were declared divine and superior to all men. They are still highly regarded now and having fought against extinction, the Marwari horse is precious.
Riding the highly spirited Marwari is a privilege. The tough, beautiful and responsive horse provides the perfect vantage point to view India’s beautiful and spiritual culture. To find out more about riding a Marwari horse in India, visit www.inthesaddle.com