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The Kathiawari is a rare horse from the Indian
Due to the different selective breeding processes used by each individual family, around twenty horse families are recognized to belong to the Kathiawari horse breed. Each family has its own set of attributes. Some physical characteristics are common to many Kathiawari horses, such as the fact that they are all quick and strong.
The most striking feature of the Kathiawari horse is its ears, which touch each other. This physical characteristic is often used to distinguish the pure breed from mixed bloodlines.
The Kathiawari horse has large eyes, a short muzzle, a large forehead, and big nostrils set in a concave head, itself set high on a short neck. It stands from 13.3 to 14.3 hands (53-57 inches, 135-145 centimeters). Its tail is set high. Each horse has proportional body structure and comes in a multitude of colors including some occasional piebald; however, there is no black Kathiawari.
Personality and Temperament
The Kathiawari is known for being an affectionate horse. It also has outstanding intelligence and an unwavering spirit. Kathiawari horses are also known for their bravery and loyalty; stories about seriously-wounded Kathiawari horses never abandoning their masters, even when in grave danger, are common in
The Kathiawari, aside from being resilient and well-adapted to severe weather conditions, can exist at starvation-level rations. Kathiawari horses do not need special care.
History and Background
The history of the Kathiawari horse breed is inexact. It is said to originate from the western Indian peninsular
It is believed that a few local horses were cross-bred with Arabian horses. During the early days of the breed, chiefs and princes in
Today, the Kathiawari horses are being bred and reared in government-controlled stud farms and in private breeding farms in Saurashtra (the new name for
The process of breeding certain plants or animals for a desirable characteristic or set of characteristics that they possess.
A pinto animal; a horse with a black and white coat or a coat that is dark in color
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting