Passports, DNA Tests and Unique IDs for Kathiawari War Horses in Gujarat

Passports, DNA Tests and Unique IDs for Kathiawari War Horses in Gujarat

Passports, DNA Tests and Unique IDs for Kathiawari War Horses in GujaratThe Gujarat government is planning to issue passports and a unique identification number to horses belonging to the Kathiawari breed in an effort to protect and increase their greatly diminished numbers.

The state’s animal husbandry department in association with the Kathiawari Horse Breeders’ Association (KHBA) will register the horses and also conduct DNA tests on them to identify the pure bred horses.

 Rajeshsinh Jadeja, a trustee of the KHBA, said that 140 pure breed horses have already been registered. “There are around 15,000 horses belonging to the Kathiawari and Marwadi breeds in Gujarat, but according to our estimation, there might be around 500-600 pure Kathiawari breed horses,” he said. Both the breeds are closely related.

The main aim of the special project called ‘Nation studbook of Kathiyawadi Horses’, Jadeja said, is to preserve the desert war horses breed and encourage breeders to carry on their efforts.

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