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[RC] hackneys and hacking - Donna DeYoung

Hackney, circa 1721, (1) : a horse let out for common hire (2) : a horse used in all kinds of work b : a horse worn out in service c : a light easy saddle horse; especially : a three-gaited saddle horse d : a ride on a horse.  a hackney is a "rental horse" and, just as a hired horse is likely to be tired and worn out, a hackneyed idea is similarly "tired and worn out".  hackney comes from the Old French haquenée, "an ambling horse or mare, especially for ladies to ride on".  

and my favorite definition of hack: One who works hard at boring tasks.

Hacking in Europe: Hacking generally refers to the casual riding of a horse at a normal pace (without cantering or galloping for example). This makes it ideally suited to group outings as even the less experienced riders can easily keep up with the rest of the group. Many of the people who own a horse do so so that they can go hacking. Hacking can take place in the countryside, on paths and bridleways, and on the roads.

Donna in Texas