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Thoroughbred Breeding in Japan

Number of Foals Produced

7,516 horses were foaled in 2007, which marked a sixth straight year-on-year decline.

Thoroughbred breeding in Japan began in earnest after the end of World War II in 1946, and in the early 1960s, the number of horses produced each year finally reached 1,000. During the 1960s these figures climbed from 2,000 to 3,000, continuing thereafter, until rising to 10,000 in the early 1990s.

However, after this,, the breeding industry changed its policy and began focusing on the quality of horses, rather than simply increasing the numbers produced. This saw the number of foals produced, drop into the 8,000s. It remained around this level for several years. Since peaking at 8,807 in 2001, the number of foals produced has been declining slightly each year.

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