Buying horses in Rajasthan

#1 Oct 30th, 2008, 17:32
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Hello,

Has anyone bought a horse or know of anyone who has purchased a Marwari horse in Rajasthan? I'm trying to find out where and what an average cost would be.

Cheers,
Lara.
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I can only recommend you to take with you an experienced horse person when you want to buy a horse on any any fair. The traders will try to cheat you in every way and sell you an inferior animal for a dream price!

Price, depends really on what you want. More expensive are the horses with special colours such as piebalds and skewbalds or pantch Kaliyan (horse with 5 white markings, four on the legs and one tikka on the forehead).
These horses can easily fetch up to 3 Lakh Rupies.
If you are happy with a bay coloured horse without any markings, you can purchase it for as little as 35000 Rupies if you have talent at haggling.
Foals or unbroken horses come cheaper of course and if you are a good rider with some talent in training them you might consider this as an option, as a lot of horses are ruined by spiky bits and to much work too early. Many horsemen start riding their horses at the age of 2 which often results in them being lame at the age of 12. Also they train them in horse dance, which makes it sometimes difficult to use it for pleasure riding.
Unfortunatly cruelty in horse training is still widespread in India.
So you cannot really make out the average cost of a Marwari horse as there are so many factor influencing the price.
In any case, the rates have gone up incredibly in the last 5 years. Before that horses where dirt cheap, today they are quite expensive as soon as they are having good height and breed.

In general however I would suggest you to buy a horse from a private horsemen as this makes it easier for you to try the horse, get a vet to look at it and make sure the price is okay.
If you want to buy at a fair, Pushkar is the worst option as there the prices are always a nick higher than in other fairs due to it being so famous and attracting buyer from all over the country.
Also Pushkar is in the middle of the wedding season where most horse people can make a lot of money with their horses on marriages. At the end of the season, when summer is about to start, it is much easier to buy a horse.

In general you should think for what you want to buy a marwari horse. You will not be able to take it out of the country as there is an export ban on these horses.
If you want to have your won horse for a limited time in India, it might be a good idea to lease one from a local horse owner. Usually they will do this if you take over the feeding costs for the horse in this period and pay a nominal sum of money.
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Marwari horses

Dear Lara,

I own a couple of horses bought from Rajasthan and are of purebred Marwari breed. You can get in touch with me if you are interested in seeing them or procuring one for yourself.

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Originally Posted by shaktilara View Post Hello,

Has anyone bought a horse or know of anyone who has purchased a Marwari horse in Rajasthan? I'm trying to find out where and what an average cost would be.

Cheers,
Lara.
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Smile MARWARI HORSES, I really need help or any information!!

Hi Lara, i see that you have experience with buying marwari horses, i am currently looking into buying one, and i have no idea where to start, who to contact? how to get the horse here in the UK, and all the costs? i really need any help. Anyone? Thanks people.

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Hi Phmwillz,

My plans changed and I never went ahead and purchased a horse. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to export it to the UK though as I believe Marwaris are not allowed out of India.

The advice Anouk gave seems quite comprehensive so I would run with that. Also try asking a few of the riding centres in Rajasthan as they might know of some reputable breeders or sellers. I went on a ride in Udaipur with 'Princess Trails' who seemed to be a good outfit. They could be a start.

Good luck,
Lara
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Dear Lara,
Thankyou so much for your response, you have given me good advice, Thankyou.
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Export of Marwari Breed

Hello,

I've recently had the pleasure of traveling to India and riding the Marwari breed for the first time. I loved riding this breed and would very much consider purchasing one and exporting it to my home country.

I read in this post that there is an export ban on this horse? Can someone shed some light on whether or not this is still the case? The post appears to be from a few years ago, so I was wondering if there are any options to consider.

Thank you!
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Currently all export of Marwari horses is banned. Besides this many countries including the EU do not allow the import of Indian horses as India still has the status of being a country with the occurring of African Horse Sickness even though the last case was in the 1950s.
Another problem is that many Indian horses are carrier for piroplasmosis. Some countries such as the USA do not allow any horses carrying this disease inside the country.
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So which breed can be exported from India.
How about Afgan Horse. How much does it cost and where can it be bought in india.
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Originally Posted by Virendra View Post Dear Lara,

I own a couple of horses bought from Rajasthan and are of purebred Marwari breed. You can get in touch with me if you are interested in seeing them or procuring one for yourself.

Virendra
dear virendra,
i was wondering if you could entertain a request to meet you and your horses...i have been thinking of fructifying my childhood dream of owning a horse for my bangalore farm. i live in delhi.
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Roop Niwas has horses in Nawalgarh

Lara--I've done several riding safaris with Devendra Singh of the Roop Nivas Hotel in Nawalgarh. He breeds Marwari horses and might be a good person to contact. The website is royalridingholidays.com (and if you loook at the top of the intro page, second picture from left, rider on left--that's me some years ago...) but the breeding program is separate from the riding holiday program. Very good people, I've known them for 12-13 years.
Exporting is a problem. I left my Indian horse in Delhi with a friend. Good luck, Kiki Munshi

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