The Hackney horse was bred from Norfolk and Yorkshire Trotters and also has Arab and Thoroughbred breeding. The first Hackney horse as we know the breed today, was recorded in 1760. They were used mainly as harness horses Later the Hackney horse was crossed with the ponies to create the Hackney pony and there are now separate stud books for horses and ponies. The Hackney Horse is well known today for its distinctive movement, an easy, rhythmic canter, and a free, generous walk. Some Hackney's however wont canter because they are bred for trotting and are difficult to canter and often buck and rear when asked.
The Hackney horse has a small head, long neck and compact body, straight shoulders, short legs and tailed carried high. The Hackney pony is of similar conformation but just proportionately smaller. Both the Hackney Horse and the Hackney Pony can be bay, dark brown, chestnut or black.
The Hackney horse and Hackney Ponies love to please. They are easily maintained and have great stamina.
The Hackney horse or pony is most commonly used for driving.