Snow whipped up by 87 sprinting horses

A ‘horse chase’ aimed at overcoming the lack of winter exercise of farm horses began at the National Livestock Breeding Center Tokachi Farm in the town of Otofuke in the Tokachi region of eastern Hokkaido on January 18.

 Eighty-seven horses galloped three laps of the 800-meter track during the exercise, which is held every year to help prevent obstructed labor in mares and aid the physical development of young horses. Some pregnant horses weigh over one ton, and their dynamic galloping whipped up snow around them. The horse chases will continue until April, when the foaling season ends.


National Livestock Breeding Center Tokachi Farm