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This breed originated on the Tsu Island of Japan. It is used for riding and light draft. The Taishuh is an ancient breed which is believed to date back to the eighth century. There were more than 4000 of them in 1920, but today only about sixty-five remain.


The Taishuh is a strong and rugged animal with sturdy legs. Noted for their gentle nature and willingness to obey, these ponies were often ridden by farmers' wives and children.


Three Taishuh ponies have been sent to the national animal husbandry center in Hokkaido for special attention, and sperm and ova have been banked there.


Population Status: Rare



Hendricks, Bonnie L., International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds, Univ of Oklahoma Press, 1995.

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