The Suffolk (also known as the Suffolk Punch), was known for being economical to keep as it needed less feed than other working horses of a similar size. It's placid nature is cited as one of the reasons for its natural longevity. The Suffolk also matures comparatively easy - going into work at around three years of age whereas other breeds may not be ready before the age of four or even five.
All Suffolk horses are a rich chestnut in colour and their distinct conformation is of a large and powerful body set on short, sturdy legs, which have little or no feathers. They can weigh up to a 1 tonne (0.98 tons).