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Suffolk Punch: The Legacy of a Great Horse
With an average height of 16 hands (about 5.3 feet), and weighing in around 2,000 pounds; this horse is a favorite amongst those that breed draft horses. Thought to be descended from the “Great Horse” brought to England by William the Conqueror, these horses were prized by peasants who used them in farm work. In Suffolk, the ground is made up of a heavy clay soil, and the Suffolk Punch was perfect for plowing these fields because of their inherent power, stamina, and longevity.
If you ever wonder if the chestnut (chesnut as it would appear on the papers) horse in front of you is a Suffolk Punch, there are a few characteristics which stand out. Suffolk Punches have a powerful arching neck, strong upright shoulders, a short strong back, wide hipbones, and a high tail. The legs will appear short, whih is part of the reason they have so much power as a draft horse.