|Detail from Scroll 1|
However the Japanese horse at this time would have been quite small, more like a wiry pony and not best suited for carrying the weight of an amour clad Samurai into battle.
Horses were later imported to increase the size and strength of the indigenous Japanese horses available, and there are records showing that the Dutch East India Company were bringing Western horses to Japan as gifts to the Shogun. The horse below clearly shows evidence of this imported bloodstock.
|A Sacred White Horse at the Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto|
As the horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance it promises to be an auspicious year for hunting Ogres..........
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