For kids who are obsessed with geldings or fillies, horses are more than just an animal or a mere toy. They’re an extension of your child’s personality. If you have a horse-loving kid (a “horse girl” or “horse boy” as some call them), then you already know this and your living room is likely a repository of pretend barns, stables, and meadows. You and your kid may have already started collecting horse figurines from stalwarts like Schleich and Breyer Horses. Or maybe your kid prefers something closer to the real thing, something like a hobby horse or rocking horse that makes them feel like a cowboy or cowgirl galloping through a field, thus honing their gross motor skills and sense of balance. The best horse toys, hobby horses, and rocking horses fuel kid imaginations, look like the real thing, don’t skimp on the quality, and aren’t too much of an eyesore.
The Best Rocking Horse Toys
If you don't have room in your house to stow away big toys like a rocking horse, than it makes sense to buy one that doubles as a decorative piece that you can keep in the corner of your living room or playroom. The simple rocking horse is made from sustainably sourced and renewable rattan and looks like an actual showpiece.
A regular ol' rocking horse has nothing on this motion-stimulated riding pony. By gently bouncing up and down on the saddle, kids can make the horse go backwards and forwards on its own like they're actually riding a real-life, moving horse. And they use their bodies to make the horse move.
Yes, this Saks pony is on the expensive side. But if you are looking to splurge, it's well worth the price. The golden steed is sewn out of extra-durable woven plush fabric and includes a realistic, detailed saddle so your kid can ride around in style. Plus, Steiff is known for making the best play animals, period.
The Hobby Horse Toys
The Best Mini Horse Toys
If you can't afford your own horse stable, then this is the next best thing. This high quality set includes eight horses, a wooden stable, and an attached breeding guide. It even comes with a handle at the top, making the entire thing easy to transport to outings to the park.
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