hotographer Edyta Trojańska-Koch describes her first meeting with India’s native
Marwari horse as pure poetry.
“They have the nobility and pride of a warrior, the outstanding grace and beauty of a
dancer, and last but not least, incredible charisma,” she says.
Marwari horses are distinguished by their elegance, sublime beauty and lyre-shaped
ears. They were also tough, fiery, courageous and highly trained in the art of war.
Marwari horses originated in Rajasthan, India, and date back to the 12th century.
Considered divine beings, they were only allowed to be ridden by members of the royal
Rajput families and the Kshatriyas warrior caste.
However, under British rule (1858-1947), the horses fell out of favor and the number of
Marwaris declined dramatically, with very few purebred horses surviving. Several dedicated
people worked to preserve the breed’s heritage, and in 2007 the Indian government, in
partnership with the Marwari Horse Society of India, established the first Marwari studbook.
Today there are numerous breeders not only in Rajasthan, but also in Gujarat and Punjab,
and the future of the Marwari horse seems to be looking brighter.
THE MARWARI HORSE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY EDYTA TROJA;SKA-KOCH