Today’s Horse Facts: The Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Punch is a powerful draft horse breed that is extremely valuable to farmers.

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Suffolk Punch

Suffolk Punch Draught Team
 

We’ve been looking at breeds of horses that aren’t “ordinary” or on the tips of the average bear’s tongue. We’ve learned about the Rocky Mountain Horse, the Gypsy Vanner, and the Fox Trotter, among other breeds. On our ride together today, we’ll pass a farm that has Suffolk Punch horses. Wow, are these big guys or what?  We’ll take our ten-question true/false quiz to see how well we know this magnificent draught (draft) horse breed. So are you ready? Let’s go:

  1. The Suffolk Punch is a short stocky horse.
  2. This breed is usually only different shades of chestnut.
  3. This breed can drink up to 25 gallons of water a day.
  4. Another name for this breed is the Suffolk Brown.
  5. It can have “feathering” on its feet.
  6. The breed originated in theSuffolk region of southeast England.
  7. The breed dates back to the 1500s.
  8. It is more massively built than the Clydesdale and Shire breeds.
  9. This breed’s head is refined and delicate.
  10. Because the breed is popular with farmers, there are thousands of Suffolks in theUSA today.

    Nice Suffolk Punch Team

 So, do you think you know much about this fabulous breed? Let’s see how you did. Here are the answers to the questions:

  1.  F   The Suffolk Punch is a large breed starting at 15 hands and going taller.
  2.  T
  3.  T
  4.  F   It is also known as the Suffolk Sorrel.
  5.  F   It has no feathering on its feet.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F    The breed’s head is what you’d call a “Roman nose.”
  10. F   There are only about 1200 registered in the USA; however, there’s no way of tracking those that are unregistered. The breed is considered rare and endangered.

How’d you do? I knew seven of the questions, mainly because I live in central PA where the Amish farmers use this breed to pull their plows and wagons. Therefore, I’ve seen them in this area frequently and had known a little about the breed.

For more information, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffolk_Punch

http://www.suffolkpunch.com/

Next time, we’ll look at a really unique breed called the “Curly.”

Happy riding!

Marsha

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