Hackney Horses

Hackney Horses are also harness trotters, of an old British breed with much the same origins as racing trotters, but their brilliant, extravagant action is nowadays confined almost exclusively to the Show Ring.


Hackneys have been extensively exported, there are a number of foreign studs, and these handsome, fiery creatures can be seen at many European shows and at those in Australia, South Africa, Canada, the United States and South America.

The Missouri Fox-Trotting Horse of America trots behind but walks nimbly in front, producing partly through inheritance, partly through training, the low, surefooted broken gait from which it gets its name.

The running-walk of the Tennessee Walking-Horse is said to be the most comfortable of all paces, and these horses and their gait were evolved especially as a mount for the cotton planters.

The horses were bred up from various sources including Morgans, Thoroughbreds and the American Saddle Horse, and as foundation sire, a trotter called Black Allen that was foaled in 1886, and are now rather like a shorter, sturdier version of the American Saddler.