The Noma Pony is an extremely rare domestic pony that was developed in Japan. It is also the smallest pony native to the Japanese Islands, with a significantly low population count. Proper initiatives have long been taken to preserve the breed.
|Type||Draft Pony, Riding Pony, Working Pony|
|Colors||Bay, Chestnut, Brown|
|Height/Size||10.1-10.3 hands (including studs, stallions and mares)|
|Common Uses||General riding, working|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Time of Development||17th Century|
It was back in the 17th century that the Noma Pony originated from the Mongolian horses in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture in Japan. Their main work was to act as pack animals of the local people, walking through the steep terrains of the islands around. These ponies were never mixed with other bloodlines by the people of the Noma county, so as to preserve their purity. Once their population declined to pathetically that it came down to as low as six.
In 1978, a society dedicatedly for this breed – ‘The Noma Pony Preservation Society’ – was founded for their preservation and promotion. However, in spite of such initiatives, the population of these animals is still very low.