Toy animals, especially rocking horses, have been always been popular with kids and these have been around for thousands of years. The demand for classically designed rocking horses has grown in recent times. with the antique ones being sold for remarkably high prices.
The good thing is that several affordable version of rocking horses exist in the market, and can be used as toys by kids.
Welcome to the world of ride-on-horses (often referred to as ride-on ponies).
Several smarter versions of ride-on horses are now available in the market; these come with several innovative and realistic features. They are interactive, they can move, they can roll their eyes, have realistic fur, and so on.
What is the difference between a pony and a horse?
Both horses as well as ponies belong to the same species and come from the same family tree. However, the main different between a pony and a horse is the height.
The pony is much smaller in height than a horse.
Its common for ponies and horses to crossbreed, so the term “pony” is also affectionately used for any small horse, regardless of its breed.
Best Ride-on Horses and Ponies
Josie Play and Ride Unicorn
Rideamals Josie the Unicorn (by Kid Trax) is a toy pony that’s really a unicorn who can trot or gallop or go in reverse. This is part of Kid Trax Rideamals toys. (There are also unicorn, dinosaur, and tiger Rideamals for toddlers).
- 12-volt electric ride-on
- Accommodates kids ages three to seven (up to 70 lbs.)
- Three riding modes, a “trot” at 3.5 mph, a “gallop” at 4 mph and reverse.
- Little assembly is required.
- Requires about 18 hours plugged in to get a full charge of her battery for the first time.
Riders can control everything from Josie’s reins, which they use to steer; that is where the “go” button is also located. Kids can also push the blue heart on Josie’s shoulder to hear music.
Josie can blink her eyes, moves her head and ears, and makes over 100 different sounds. Her horn also lights up in different colors.
Josie responds happily to being pet and to having her mane brushed (the brush is included) which encourage kids to take good care of her. Attached to the saddle is a purple saddlebag, which holds the brush, a cupcake and some flowers. Feed Josie those flowers and cupcake, and she’ll make chomping sounds and a very cute unicorn burp.
12-V Rideamals Scout Pony: Ride-on Toy from Kid TraxA first of its kind in kids ride-on toy, this adorable pony pal combines life like intereactive play with the fun of a battery powered ride-on toy.
Scout is battery-powered pony with fully motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels. It even makes munching sounds when you feed it the play carrots and apples that come with it. Plus its ears move when you brush its mane. Yep, a grooming brush is included too.
Your little one can take Scout for walks, with Scout happily trotting along behind, or go for a joy ride, since Scout cruises up to four miles an hour. What’s more, the pony comes programmed with 100 unique sounds and movements, including a special dance, so your kiddo can really move and groove with their lifelike pony pal, who really does seem, well, lifelike. One look at those blinking eyes and you’ll be convinced.
It comes with a grooming-brush, carrot, apple and sound-bank.
This ride-on looks like a classic toy but is quite advanced in terms of technology used. Your little one is going to stand out in a fleet of little cars.
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- Barn Play Tent
- Pony Show Accessory Kit
Medallion – My Pony Ride On Real Walking Horse
For kids aged 5 to 12 Years old, max weight up to 110 Pounds.
This ride-on horse is manually operated (doesn’t require any batteries); it easily goes forward as your child maintains their feet moving up and down on the footrests, great exercise as well for the kids.
Because it comes with wheels, avoid taking the ride-on down hills or at night (even though the wheels come with a locking mechanism), as it’s unsafe for the child. In case the horse doesn’t move forward, please check all the 4 wheels; the locks should be placed in the downward position.
It can be ridden on a flat surface and thin carpet areas, but the wheels make it difficult to ride on grassy areas.
The head of the horse can make right and left turns, just as you would do with a bike’s handle. Made of metal and steel structures so it’s very sturdy in construction.
Unicorn Ride-On Toy By PonyCyclePlush riding unicorn toy, easy to move and steer. Provides endless fun while your little one burn off energy.
No Battery or motor. It moves ahead using the child’s own power. To steer, grip wooden pegs attached to base of neck and turn animal’s head
Max weight capacity: 88 lbs. Recommended for ages 4-9 Dimensions: 31.5” x 13.4” x 36.7” Buy Ponycycle ride-on on Amazon
UFREE Horse Action PonyThis is a mechanical toy and doesn’t require any battery or petrol power to make it run. The action pony will run when rider’s body bounce up and down pressing the saddle continually, just like the action of riding real horse.
Uses soft plush fur and high quality leather, covering the sturdy steel frame and sophisticated drive system.
Mechanical Moving Horse, Giddy-up for Children 4 to 9 Years Old, Height 36 Inch (Black Mane and Tail)
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