Hackney Pony

Hackney Pony photo
The grand champion hackney road pony, Free Willy, in the road pony grand championship class at the 2007 American Royal Horse Show
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The Hackney Pony is very similar to the Hackney horse breed. This breed of pony does not have their own registry. They share the registry with the Hackney horses.

The height of the Hackney ponies averages from 12 to 14 hands. The Hackney ponies have a small head. The head is generally held high. The expressive eyes are large. The pricked ears are alert and sharp. These horses have a muscular neck that is slightly arched and they carry it with pride. These horses have a light frame. The back of the Hackney ponies is compact and the shoulders are very strong. The legs have a good bone structure and the joints are well formed and strong. They have tough feet. The tail in the breed of Hackney ponies is set high. These horses should have an energetic gait that should be smooth and spectacular.

The Hackney ponies are horses that are known for their courage. They can also be stubborn. They are alert and have great stamina and endurance. These animals are also friendly creatures that make great companions.

12 -14 hands

The most common coat colors of the Hackney ponies are black, chestnut and bay. Some Hackney ponies may have white markings on their body which are permissible in the breed.

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During its formative years, the Hackney ponies were used to pull carriages. In modern times, they are used as show horses. The Hackney ponies are used for riding purposes. They are also used as harness ponies. These ponies can also be used for pleasure riding purposes.

Christopher Wilson is credited with the development of this breed. He cross bred the Hackney stallion with the Fell mares to give rise to this new breed of horses. He succeeded in creating a horse that was not a miniature Hackney horse but a true pony breed. There is also an influence of the Welsh blood in the development of this breed.

In the initial stages of development, these horses were used as carriage horses in the United Kingdom and were also exported to the USA. They were used primarily for pulling carriages until the automobiles transformed the transportation sector. After the advent of the automobiles, this breed quickly declined in number.

Post the Second World War, these ponies were used as show ponies and thus gained popularity. This helped prevent them from fading into oblivion.