Generally called Do-san-ko in Japan as a term of endearment, the Hokkaido Washu horse is an old breed.
The Hokkaido Washu horse is thought to have been brought during the Edo era (1600-1867) to Hokkaido by fishermen. These original importation came from Honshu.
Colour: most solid colours and many are roan. White markings of any kind are rare and not allowed for registration.
Height: between 12.2 and 13hh.
Conformation: Plain head, thickset body, flat withers, slender legs, good feet.
Character: extremely hardy and strong and can survive, and even thrive, under very severe conditions.
Uses: trail riding, packing and harness.