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Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk or Suffolk Punch is Britain’s oldest breed of heavy working horse and was named after the East Anglian county where it has been bred since the sixteenth century.

A little girl and her mother stoking Belle

A little girl and her mother stoking Belle

The Suffolk has been traced back to a single stallion, Crisps Horse of Ufford, this means that they breed true to colour – chesnut (traditionally spelt without the first “t”), although the shades will vary. Quite apart from its colour the Suffolk Punch has clean legs (no feathers), good for working on the clay soils of East Anglia, and long and muscular shoulders with a deep body, ideal for pulling farm machinery e.g. the plough.

For such a strong animal the horse fortunately has an exceptionally friendly nature, a true gentle giant.