Miniature Sheet- Horses Of India- By India Post
A set of 4 stamps on horses Of India was released by Smt Radhika Doraiswamy, Secretary, India Post in Ahmedabad on 9th, November, 2009.
The Kathiawari is fairly small and fine featured, light built, but still strong and sturdy horse built much like itsArabian ancestors. They have long backs, sloping shoulders, slender necks and refined faces and a naturally high set tail. Their movement is fairly smooth, as many have the natural ability to pace.In the 17th and 18th centuries, the princely family of various States of Kathiawad, have evolved this ‘Kathiawadi’ breed by breeding the indigenous stock with the ‘Arab’ stallions to fulfill their sporty needs. Some State of old Kathiawad province took special interest and care in the development of this breed and due to their sustained efforts, present Kahtiawadi breed of horse has been developed.
The Kathiawari horse looks like an Arabian, but has curving ears that touch and are extremely movable. The most prominent body colour in KATHIAWARI horses is chestnut followed by bay (body chestnut, Foreleg up to knee and fetlock are black, KATHIAWARI black, Hairs of tail and neck are black), gray (complete white colour) and dun (light chestnut). The physical characteristics of KATHIAWARI horses are concave profile, long neck, short leg and squared quarters. Face is dry and short, triangular from pale to forehead and small muzzle, big nostrils, edge of nostril is thin; small, fine and curved upright ears on 90 degrees axis that can touch and rotate at 180 degrees , broad forehead and large expressive sensitive eyes. Tail is long, not bushy, curved well and touching to the ground, foot round and broad. These horses are friendly, compliant, and smart. The Kathiawari Horses today are used in India’s police force.
The predominant body colour is gray followed by black and copper. The horses are known for their ability to work, run adequately and carry loads at high altitude. Horses are medium in size, well built and 120 to 140 cm high. The Zanskari horses have predominant eyes, heavy and long tail and uniform gait. The body hairs are fine, long and glossy. Only a few hundred horses at present exist in the Zanskar and other valleys of Laddakh. The Animal Husbandry Department, Jammu and Kashmir has recently established a Zanskari horse Breeding farm at Leh for breed improvement and conservation through selective breeding.
Date Of Issue:-09.11.2009.
Contributed By:-Girish Doshi, Mumbai