JAPAN NEWS YOMIURI
MOTHER STEP THE END: Pregnant farm horses walk in a snow-covered field at the Tokachi Station of the National Livestock Breeding Center in Otofuke, east Hokkaido, last month. The runs allow the animals to run around in winter. The carrying horses, some of which weigh up to a ton, are among the approximately 160 horses at the centre. They are expected to give birth by the end of April.