The Noma originated in Noma County, Japan. They are used for riding and light draft.
It is the smallest native pony of Japan standing 10.1 h.h. The breed originated in
the seventeenth century and belongs to the Asian group descended from Mongolian stock.
As of December 1988, there were only twenty-seven pure specimens living. They are
being preserved as part of the local cultural heritage.
Population Status: Rare
Hendricks, Bonnie L., International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds, Univ of Oklahoma