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Dosanko horses, also knownrnas Hokkaido washu, are a popular Japanese horse. It is believed thatrnDosanko horses were brought to Hokkaido, Japan, by fishermen from Honshu duringrnthe Edo period (1600 - 1867). They were used for transportation, but were left inrnHokkaido when the fishermen returned home in autumn. The ponies were expectedrnto survive in very harsh weather, in a land with very little vegetation,rncovered with snow, which is how the Hokkaido pony developed its exceptionalrnenduring strength for which it is known today.

Unlike the Nanbu breed, ofrnwhich the Hokkaido pony is considered to be a descendant, and which no longerrnexists, the Dosanko is the most plentiful of the remaining ancient Japanesernponies, numbering at around 2000. Today, it is still used for heavyrntransportation in the mountains unreachable by truck. Some ranchers in Hokkaidorneven continue to winter the horses in the mountains, maintaining the breed’srnhardiness.

 Hokkaido pony feed mainlyrnon bamboo grass and wander around in the mountains in search of it till springrnwhen they return to the ranches without assistance to escape bears as theyrnawake from hibernation and start to prey on the foals. 

Source: Japanese HorsernBreeds (rnwww.lingualift.com/blog/japanese-horse-breeds/ ).

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