Breed Characteristics

ColourChesnut. No other colour is allowed.   Historically 7 shades of chesnut were defined  Dark Liver, Dull Dark, Light Mealy, Red, Golden, Lemon and Bright. However The Society will accept   Liver, Dark, Red, Light, or Bright chesnut.Note   When referring to Suffolk horse chestnut is always spelled chesnut Whole-colour is preferred but a certain amount of white on the face is acceptable. A scattering of silver or white hairs on the body is allowed.  White to the fetlock is allowed but is regarded as a fault and is not acceptable for stallions being used for breeding. Hoof colour is not prescribed so will be either pigmented or unpigmented.
Height Height range at maturity is between 15¾ hands and 17 hands.Note  There are instances of individual animals exceeding 17hh.
HeadBig with broad forehead but elegant, shapely and well proportioned.
EyesWell set, full, bright and intelligent.
NeckDeep in collar tapering gracefully towards the setting of the head.
ShoulderLong and muscular, well thrown back at the withers.
GirthIn proportion to height.
BackWide and level.Graceful outline in back, loin and hind quarters with tail well set up.
Fore-EndBroad in front. Great depth of heart with every appearance of strong constitution.
Hind-QuartersBroad behind with good second thighs
RibsDeep round ribbed from shoulder to flank
LegsLegs short in proportion to body.Fore legs straight. Pasterns well sloping at the same angle as the hoof, big flat knees and long clean hocks on short cannon bones.Elbows turned in are a serious defect as are straight hind legs.
BoneGood flat bone with strength below the knee and hock.
FeetLarge strong feet circular in form protecting the frog. Wide coronet. Strong open heel.   
HairClean legged. Minimal hair allowed at heels
Action – WalkSmart and true. Quick springing action with hocks kept fairly near together.
Action - TrotWell balanced level movement with good straight action.

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We have had a small refresh done to update the look of the website. This has been done free of charge, and we thank Free-rein for their kind services on this. All features and accesses operate as previously, but we have added icons for direct access to our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

 


WHERE TO SEE A SUFFOLK

You may have already seen our postcard, advertising places that you can visit in order to see a Suffolk. We have now also listed these places under 'Links To Other Sites', and will update this listing as we are notified of more places where Suffolks can be seen.  

 


FRANCES SULLIVAN

EQUESTRIAN ARTIST

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 Frances Sullivan


Our Stallion A-Z Listing now includes a 5 generation pedigree for each listed stallion. Click on the tree symbol shown on the individual stallion's detail

 


Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes Codes of Practice for 2018

The Codes are an essential guide for the prevention and control of equine diseases threatening equine breeding.
The SHS recommends that all Suffolk owners/breeders familiarise themselves with the new code - see our website main panel, in order to read the HBLB's full press release and provided links.

Like the idea of buying some horsey clothing AND helping the Society?

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Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date? It is a UK LEGAL requirement to tell us IMMEDIATELY if

  • your horse has died and you have not returned the passport
  • if you have bought a horse and not arranged for the passport to be endorsed into your name

Trading standards can fine owners in possession of incorrect passports.  Click here to see the Legal Responsibility of Owners.

Get in touch

Tel: 01394-380643
Email:  sec@suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk

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The keen-eyed of you will have noticed that our homepage looks different!

We have had a small refresh done to update the look of the website. This has been done free of charge, and we thank Free-rein for their kind services on this. All features and accesses operate as previously, but we have added icons for direct access to our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

 


WHERE TO SEE A SUFFOLK

You may have already seen our postcard, advertising places that you can visit in order to see a Suffolk. We have now also listed these places under 'Links To Other Sites', and will update this listing as we are notified of more places where Suffolks can be seen.  

 


FRANCES SULLIVAN

EQUESTRIAN ARTIST

 You can view her art at

 Frances Sullivan


Our Stallion A-Z Listing now includes a 5 generation pedigree for each listed stallion. Click on the tree symbol shown on the individual stallion's detail

 


Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes Codes of Practice for 2018

The Codes are an essential guide for the prevention and control of equine diseases threatening equine breeding.
The SHS recommends that all Suffolk owners/breeders familiarise themselves with the new code - see our website main panel, in order to read the HBLB's full press release and provided links.

Like the idea of buying some horsey clothing AND helping the Society?

Click on the image to find out more!

 


 

 

 

 

  Click on the image to report a case of 

GRASS SICKNESS   


Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date? It is a UK LEGAL requirement to tell us IMMEDIATELY if

  • your horse has died and you have not returned the passport
  • if you have bought a horse and not arranged for the passport to be endorsed into your name

Trading standards can fine owners in possession of incorrect passports.  Click here to see the Legal Responsibility of Owners.