In days gone by, this magnificently built stallion would have been steadfastly pulling a plough out in the fields.
But the advent of the tractor made the powerful Suffolk Punch breed – perfect for heavy-duty work – surplus to requirements.
However, one has now found a remarkable new role – after an ambitious equine expert transformed a four-legged heavyweight who had never been ridden into a relatively nimble jumper.
The majestic draught horse now jumps fences and rides with hounds in a hunt.
There are only 300-400 of the breed left in Britain, making them the most critically endangered equine species in the country
Bruce McKim, who runs the Thorpeley Stud near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, bought nine-year-old Craikhow Hall Jensen last year.
Until then, he had been used only for breeding, but Mr McKim revealed: ‘It took just three days before we were sitting on and riding him.’
The animal also found jumping a cinch. Mr McKim explained: ‘It was very easy to teach him how to jump... READ MORE