Misaki Pony

The Misaki is a breed of pony native to Japan. Imported horses from China dating back at least 2,000 years are believed to be the ancestors of the Misaki pony. It is one of eight breeds native to Japan and roams freely in a natural habitat of the National Monument on Cape Toi, Kushima, on the island of Kyushu.

The first record of the Misaki was in 1697 when the Akiauki family rounded up native feral horses for breeding. The Misaki population has remained stable over the last 20 years but is considered endangered with only 100 living individuals. In 1973, there were only 53 recorded Misaki ponies living. Following World War II, the breed was designated a Natural Treasure and was quite popular with tourists.

The Misaki stands between 48.8 and 52.8 inches high at the withers. It is a breed of pony but has horse characteristics. The usual colors of the coat are bay or black, occasionally chestnut. The pony rarely has white markings.

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