Pregnant horses at Hokkaido breeding center run for winter exercise

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Pregnant farm horses run in a snow-covered field at the National Livestock Breeding Center’s Tokachi Station in Otofuke, in eastern Hokkaido, on Monday. Some of the horses weigh as much as 1 ton. Runs are conducted to have the animals exercise in the winter. The pregnant horses, among some 160 horses at the center, are expected to give birth from mid-February through the end of April. The public is able to observe runs on weekday mornings through Feb. 25.