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
Population Status: Rare
Hendricks, Bonnie L., International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds,
Univ of Oklahoma Press, 1995.
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Added October 22, 1997