The Kiso breed originated from
The horses of the Kiso breed have a large and heavy head as well as a wide forehead. The neck is short and thick. The trunk is long, with short, but sturdy legs attached. The hooves are hardy and well-formed. The mane is heavy and so is the tail. The Kiso horse stands at an average height of just over 13 hands (52 inches, 132 centimeters).
Personality and Temperament
The horse has the ability to adapt to different climates. The horse is said to have a mild personality as well as an easy-going temperament.
History and Background
The Kiso has been around for more than a thousand years. In the early days, it was used as a means of transport and as a valuable helper on farms.
There are reports that the Kiso inhabited the region that was once called the Kiriharanomaki. Certainly, herds of Kiso horses did roam the
The Kiso, since it has been around for over a thousand years, can actually be considered a native Japanese horse. Nevertheless, Kiso horses are actually believed to be the descendants of central Asian or Mongolian horses.
The Kiso has historically been used for agricultural as well as military purposes. In fact it is said that, during the 12th Century, over 10,000 soldiers used the Kiso as their war mount. During the
In the mid-19th Century (this was the time of the Meiji era) and up to 1903, however,
When World War II came, however, efforts to improve the size of the Kiso ceased. Machines and not horses were used for transporting troops and supplies. Even so, the cross-breeding efforts have already succeeded in depleting the breed. Today, only around 70 purebred Kiso horses remain.