History of the Suffolk Punch Horse
The Suffolk Punch is one of the oldest heavy horse breeds in the world. The Suffolk Punch was first developed in the 16th century for use as an agricultural draught horse. All Suffolk Punch horses can be traced back to a single stallion belonging to Thomas Crisp, foaled in 1768. In the 1960s numbers of the Suffolk Punch horses decreased so much that the breed was threatened with extinction, but numbers have risen thanks to new breeders.
The Suffolk Punch Height
The Suffolk Punch Horse stands 16hh to 16.2 hh for mares and 17 hh to 17.2hh for stallions.
The Suffolk Punch Horse is available in a number of shades of chesnut. The breed large head, thick neck, compact muscular body and short legs thus giving them the nickname The Suffolk 'Punch'.
They are bred to have no feathers to make them easier to maintain on the clay soils of Suffolk
The Suffolk Punch Horse is known for it docile, gentle temperament.
Uses for the The Suffolk Punch
The Suffolk Punch is used as a draught horse and show horse. In the past it was used in Agriculture for pulling. It was also used as a warhorse in the first world war...and he also makes an excellent riding horse.