The Noma is a pony breed originating in Imabari Ehime Prefecture Japan. They originated in the 17th century from Mongolian stock and are the smallest native ponies from that country standing about up to 10.1 to 10.3 hh. The ponies are used for draft and riding. They are one of the 8 recognized native horse breeds in Japan. The breed is currently being preserved as local cultural heritage. At one point the population was as low as six.