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Lynn Caldwell
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A Breed in Need

Postby Lynn Caldwell on Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:38 pm

This is my "Horses in Need" project. I really enjoyed working on it, and meeting these wonderful horses!

http://www.horsephotos.ca/Horsephotos/H ... _Need.html

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Re: A Breed in Need

Postby Diana Duffy on Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:58 am

Lynn, I had heard that the Suffolk Punch's numbers had declined drastically, but I didn't realize how much until I read your piece. It is very well done, and very informative. Losing a horse to neglect, starvation or abuse is reprehensible; to lose an entire breed due to human indifference is tragic. Thank you for taking the time to spotlight a different "horse in need". Best of everything to Frank Fitzpatrick for his efforts to bring them back - they are worthy of his preservation efforts, and seem to have all the qualities one should want in any horse.
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Re: A Breed in Need

Postby Lynn Margason on Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:55 am

That is interesting! And the pictures are ideal for your article. I remember seeing the breed in breed books, but I can't think of a time when I ever actually saw one of these horses personally. I associate them with the banged tail; it is good to see that they naturally have a tail. I'd guess they banged them to keep them from swatting them when they were working in the fields?

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Re: A Breed in Need

Postby Lynn Caldwell on Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:38 pm

Diana, thank you very much for your kind comments. I thought it was important to highlight the "big picture" aspect of horses in need. If we lose these precious genetics, they can never be replaced.

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Re: A Breed in Need

Postby Lynn Caldwell on Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:51 pm

Hi Lynn
I work mostly in the draft horse industry, and I had only ever seen one Suffolk Punch, I think about 10 years ago, during a breed presentation at the Royal Winter Fair. These horses have delightful personalities, and they just love to work.
Draft horses used for showing in North America still have the tail cut, it is no longer practiced in Great Britain. I think it was originally done as a safety practice. If the reins get caught under the tail, a horse can clamp the tail down and effectively take control of the hitch. The hair of course continues to grow, and gets long again if the horse is not showing.
In Britain, they no longer cut the tail, but they braid the hair in a decorative way, keeping it neat and smooth to the tailbone.

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Re: A Breed in Need

Postby Phyllis Burchett on Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:59 pm

Interesting article thanks for making us aware of this.





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Re: A Breed in Need

Postby Nigel Baker on Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:32 am

Hi Lynn,
nice article and great photos. I live around 10 mins away from The Suffolk Punch Trust in Suffolk! They are truly beautiful animals and I have the privilege of being able to go and photograph them at almost any time in exchange for some photography and volunteering.

you can see some of my work with the suffolks here http://web.mac.com/easternlightphotos/Eastern_Light_Photography/Fine_Art_Photography.html
http://www.suffolkpunchtrust.org/

keep up the good work

Nigel


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