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post #1 of 10 Old 01-26-2015, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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What is hacking ?

Sorry, but I just don't know.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-26-2015, 07:14 PM
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it's a British English term for "riding out", like we would say "trail riding" in US or CAnada . (do they say hacking in Canada?)
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At one time English classes were called hack classes. The word hack is a short form of hackney, a horse with lively action, one you'd be proud to ride when dressed in your finery. To take this a little farther, a cabriolet was a carriage designed for transporting people in the cities, often pulled by hackneys. The cabriolet is what we now know as a cab or taxi cab. a vehicle for hire.



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it's a British English term for "riding out", like we would say "trail riding" in US or CAnada . (do they say hacking in Canada?)
Yes, very much so in the English world.
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Hacking is trail riding.

However, at least where I was from, someone who did "hacking" could also mean someone who shows horses in breed or type classes, where the sole purpose was generally judging the horse. I suppose this comes from the names of the classes for the larger horses - like "Hack under saddle" or "Led hack" for example, meaning a horse over 15hh. That's less common though, and in general it refers to trail riding.
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it's a British English term for "riding out", like we would say "trail riding" in US or CAnada . (do they say hacking in Canada?)
It's 'trail riding' around here.
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(do they say hacking in Canada?)
Yep, we do!
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We say both :)

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-28-2015, 12:46 AM
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I don't necessarily think of it as "trail riding", but any sort of leisurely ride out of the arena. Trail riding would be hacking, but in my world it's more along the lines of leisurely strolling through the pasture.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-28-2015, 05:03 PM
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Yup, hacking means trail riding, or trekking.

As mentioned it is also show classes such as:
Ladies Hack
Hunter Hack
Hack Under Saddle
There's more, but I'm drawing a blank on them.

Hack is also a type of horse. (Not a breed, but a type.) Typically they're finer built, similar to a Thoroughbred, but more showy when in action and are expected to have impeccable manners.

"They see me rollin, They hatin, Patrolling they tryin to catch me ridin dirty"
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