Happy as a Suffolk Punch! Boost for rare horse breed because proud dam Miri has a foal

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Happy as a Suffolk Punch! Boost for rare horse breed because proud dam Miri has a foal

  • Pheo represents a new lease of life for the oldest breed of English workhorses
  • Their sturdy frame and maroon coats were once a common sight when plowing fields
  • Three week old Suffolk Punch is the first Suffolk Punch born in Yorkshire in 40 years

Now that spring arrives with the promise of renewal, this foal is a particularly jubilant sight.

Because Pheo represents a new lease of life for the oldest breed of English workhorses – the critically endangered Suffolk Punch.

Now three weeks old, he is one of only 300 of its kind in the country and is the first Suffolk Punch to be born in Yorkshire in 40 years.

Their sturdy frame and maroon coats date back to the 16th century and were once a common sight when plowing fields or pulling carts.

Pheo represents a new lease of life for the oldest breed of English workhorses: the critically endangered Suffolk Punch

Pheo represents a new lease on life for the oldest breed of English workhorses – the critically endangered Suffolk Punch

Fokker Sally Bates, 53, said Pheo's arrival in East Yorkshire was a milestone for the county

Fokker Sally Bates, 53, said Pheo's arrival in East Yorkshire was a milestone for the county

Fokker Sally Bates, 53, said Pheo’s arrival in East Yorkshire was a milestone for the county

But they started dying out when tractors took over the cultivation of the soil, and by the 1960s they were almost gone.

Fokker Sally Bates, 53, said Pheo’s arrival in East Yorkshire was a milestone for the county.

“Everyone has had a hard time,” she said.

Getting to this point was not easy. The mother Miri had to be artificially inseminated and then a year was waited while the mare was pregnant.

Despite the difficulties – and the £ 7,000 cost of the pregnancy – Ms. Bates is convinced that Suffolks is back for good, and she hopes to take hers to shows this year to spread the word.

“We’ve had to prove their worth,” she added. “They are sweet, sweet horses.”

Getting to this point was not easy.  The mother Miri had to be artificially inseminated and then a year was waited while the mare was pregnant.

Getting to this point was not easy.  The mother Miri had to be artificially inseminated and then a year was waited while the mare was pregnant.

Getting to this point was not easy. Mother Miri had to be artificially inseminated and then waited a year while the mare was pregnant

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