Hackney Pony and Horse History
The Hackney was developed in Great Britain in the late 17th and early 18th centuries and was descendant of the Norfolk Trotter, Yorkshire Roadster, the Arabian and the Thoroughbred. Their early ancestors were even thought to be Friesians.
Hackney Pony and Horse Characteristics
The Hackney (both Hackney ponies and horses) ranges in height from 14 to 15.3 hands high. The common colors are black, brown, bay and chestnut, and there are even some spotted Hackneys. Both pony and horse possess an extremely elegant appearance with a small head, delicate muzzle and well-shaped ears. The hallmark of the Hackney is its natural, high-stepping gait.
For more information:
The American Hackney Horse Society, www.hackneysociety.com
This breed profile was originally posted on December 15, 2006.