The Yonaguni is a rare breed of horse native to the southwest islands of Japan, mainly on the island of Yonaguni. It is one of eight horses native to Japan with fewer than 200 horses alive on the island.
Although the horse’s exact origin is unknown, it has retained its native characteristics due to no crossbreeding and are a purebred breed. The horse was used for farming, transportation and forestry, but with the onset of technology, it was no longer bred.
In 1975, there were only 59 total individuals left and preservation of the breed was established. Breeding once again started and the population has increased.
The average height of the Yonaguni is around 44 inches and today the horse is considered an symbol of the island and play a major role in tourism.
Image Caption: Yonaguni Horse. Credit: Paipateroma/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0, 1.0)