Name of breed: Misaki Pony
Country of origin: Japan
Breed origin: The Misaki is a critically endangered Japanese breed of small horse and is one of the eight native horse breeds in Japan. The Misaki Pony comes from the Miyazaki Province where they still run wild in the Cape Toi meadows and in 1953 they became a Japanese National Natural Treasure.
These Japanese horses are thought to derive from stock that was brought across at several different times from various parts of the Asian mainland. The first such importations took place by the sixth century at the latest.
Distinguishing features: The Misaki is a small dark-coloured horse, standing about 132 cm at the withers. This little pony comes in 3 colours of chestnut, bay and black.
Modern day of the Misaki Pony: These little ponies usually run free but when they are tamed they are good for work in fields and carrying loads.
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