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The Suffolk or Suffolk Punch was named after the East Anglian country. It is Britain's oldest heavy breed with historical reference dating back to 1506. The Suffolk was developed to work the very heavy clay soils of East Anglia.
All Suffolk horses trace back to the stallion Crisp's Horse of Ufford, foaled in 1760 and were always bred true to color and conformation. The hind feet are set close together preventing the horse from damaging crops when working in the field. Their enormous strength made the Suffolk a favourite coach horse.              The Suffolk is the most popular draught horse of all times combining a great temperament with enormous strength, soundness, early maturity, longevity and being economical to keep. The breed can also be seen in the United States, Australia, Africa and Russia. In Pakistan they were used to produce horses for the army.

roundly modelled, pleasant appearance
Head: fairly large head; broad forehead; full, bright eyes; active ears
Neck: deep, powerful, arched, clean cut at throat
Shoulders: long, very strong, muscular, often upright; depth and thickness from the withers to the leg
Body: deep, well rounded, heavy body; long quarters,smooth to the root of the tail; the ribs spring high from backbone; hip bones wide apart
Legs: short, straight limbs; plenty of bone; strong, muscular forearms and thighs; sloping pasterns; no feather
Feet: medium sized, hard, sound; hind feet are set close together
Mane and Tail: occasionally pale in color
Color: chesnut (without the middle t) in seven recognized shades from pale mealy to almost brown; most common is a bright reddish shade; sometimes white face markings
Height: 16 to occasionally more than 17hh
Maturity: matures early; able to do light work at two and full work at three years of age; lives to almost 30 years
good, gentle, willingness to work
Qualities: extremely strong; great endurance; thrives on smaller feed rations than other heavy working horses;  inner determination to push on; matures early; very sound; longevity

The Suffolk survived to mechanisation and can still be seen at shows, pulling drays and occasionally working the land.