Suffolk Punch Horse

Name

Suffolk Punch Horse

Scientific Name

Equus Callabus

Characteristics

Horses are renowned for their strength and agility. They were one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans; it is believed that the domestication of horses was widespread by 3000BC. Since then, humans have utilised the horse’s strength and speed to help with farming and transportation. 

Suffolk Punch Horses are the oldest species of British working horses. They are distinctive with their shining Chesnut coat and solid build.

These fantastic horses helped to shape the rural landscape and was vital to Britain's farming history. Historically, the Suffolk Punch horse pulled the plough, cut the corn and carried the wheat to the mill to feed the public.

Suffolk Punch horses are known for being very sturdy working horse; the average height for a stallion is 17 hands high (173cm). 

Diet

Horses mostly eat grass, leaves and twigs. They are also fed hay in captivity.

Size Fact

 Suffolk Punch horses have an average height of 16-17 hands.

Food Fact

Horses love garlic! We add it to our horses’ feed. It also acts as a natural fly repellent.

Fun Fact

Despite their size, Suffolk Punch horses are a perfect example of gentle giants.

Rare Breed Survival Trust

Critically Endangered. According to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) there are fewer than 300 breedind females remaining! 

Where do I live?

Horses are a domesticated species. It is believed that they originated from Eurasia.

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