In eastern England, farmers developed a breed of heavy draft
horses, called the Suffolk Punch. This breed is little known
to Americans, yet the horse probably has many qualities that
appearl to an American breeder than some of the well known
breeds of draft horses.
Not surprisingly, the homeland of Suffolk horses was Suffolk
county, as well as Norfolk county. The areas were isolated
from the neighbors by the North Sea and the Fens, so the farmers
of Suffolk developed the breed to meet their specific lifestyles.
They plowed heavy clay soil, and so needed a breed of horse
that was strong, healthy, and had great stamina. The horses
were used to harvest the farmers land, and they rarely had
extra horses to sell. This is how the breed kept it's purity,
but also how the breed is so unknown. The Suffolk is the oldest
draft breeds, with records that date back to 1880.
Suffolk horses are very large, and they're symmetrical with
their colors. The legs are strong and short, and they have
excellent feet that can be shod or unshod. Their heads appear
intelligent, with strong, arching necks. They stand about
16.1 hands, but some are larger. They have a great disposition
and easy temperment. suffolk's are willing to work and have
A riding and light draft horse originating on the Tsu Island
of Japan, the taishuh breed is ancient and dates back to about
the eighth century. In 1920, there were 4,000 Taishuh; but
now under 100 remain.
The breed is strong and rugged, with very sturdy legs. They
are gentle and willing to obey, making them the perfect ponies
for farmers wives and children.
A prehistoric, wild horse type, Tarpans lived in souther
France and Spain, and into central Russia. There have been
cave drawings of Tarpan horses found in France and Spain.
The breed is extinct.
Developed in the Khartoum region of Sudan, the Tawleed breed
is a riding horse. It was developed from the crossing of Sudan
Country Bred horses with Thoroughbred.
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
A unique breed was created over one hundred years ago in
teneessee. It was called the Tennessee Walking Horse. Early
settlers to the region came from the Carolinas, Virginia and
other nearby states, bringing with them Morgans, Standardbreds,
Canadian, Narrangansett Pacers and Thoroughbreds. When all
the horse families were combined, the Tennessee Walker was
developed, along with some distinctive qualities of their
As the name suggests, the most obvious characteristic of
the Tennessee Walking horse is their walk. They have a swift
walk, that is almost like running. It is not possible to teach
a horse to walk like a Tennessee Walking Horse- they must
be born with that trait. The walk is a four beat gait, with
a bobbing head and a gliding motion, and their ears swing
with each step! Some Walkers will even snap their teeth in
time to their walk. Tennessee Walking HOrses travel at speeds
between 6 and 12 miles an hour, and they can sustain the gait
for long distances without problem or fatigue.
Tennessee Walkers also have two other gaits, called teh
flat foot walk- which is a slow and even gate, and the canter-
which is actually a refined gallop with an added rolling motion.
The canter is graceful and rhythmic and sometimes referred
to as teh rocking chair gait. Regardless of the type of gait
the Tennessee Walker is performing, the rider will have a
Tennessee Walkers were developed primarily for riding, farm
work and driving. Plantation owners also used this breed to
carry them miles over fields to inspect their crops.
Tennessee walkers are affectionate, intelligent and gentle.
They come in brown, bay, black, roan and chestnut colors.
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