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The horse seems to have been unknown to the Indus Valley civilization, and it was probably introduced to, or popularized in India by the Āryans, who were horsemen and charioteers. Naturally enough, the horse came to be associated with royalty, power, military might, conquest, fertility, and speed. Historically, the subcontinent has relied on central Asia and then Arabia to maintain its equine blood-stock. See also aśvamedha.

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