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Despite The Horse Entry Ban, Pushkar Mela Saw Some Amazing Horses

Despite The Horse Entry Ban, Pushkar Mela Saw Some Amazing Horses

There's more to the Pushkar Camel Fair than just camels.

Pushkar Camel Fair is a misnomer. They should call it Pushkar camel, horse, bull, cow fair...to be fair. The herders at Pushkar trade all sorts of livestock. In fact, the number of other animals outnumber the camels being traded. 

Horses are one of the more popular beasts of burden at the fair. Horse herders from Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Hyderabad come to Pushkar every year to sell their stock. This year, however, a 'Horse Entry Ban' has been enforced at Pushkar due to the spread of Glanders Disease. The State Government has declared Ajmer District as a control area for equine species – they prohibit the movement of horses in and out of Ajmer. This has created  widespread panic amongst horse breeders and traders in India. Infact some who were not aware of the development, made their way to Pushkar only to be told to turn back. 

Despite a complete ban – this is India after all – there were still some horses found at the fair.

Horse for saleHorse for sale

Horses getting trained for the dance competitionHorses getting trained for the dance competition

Related: The Pushkar Camel Fair Might Soon Have To Drop 'Camel' From Its Name

Showtime!Showtime!

A white horse marked as auspicious with swastik to bring good luck for tradingA white horse marked as auspicious with swastik to bring good luck for trading

Bargaining between buyer and sellerBargaining between buyer and seller

Related: In November, Pushkar Becomes The Most Un-Deserted Desert In India

A spectator watches as a horse trains for the dance competitionA spectator watches as a horse trains for the dance competition

Horses feeding at their temporary stablesHorses feeding at their temporary stables

Taking a breakTaking a break

A local sneaks a peek inside a stableA local sneaks a peek inside a stable

Sad scene of a dead horse being carried away from the place of tradeSad scene of a dead horse being carried away from the place of trade

 

 

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By Vijayaraj PS
Photographs by Vijayaraj PS