The history of rocking horses can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when a popular children’s toy was the hobby horse – a fake horse’s head attached to a long stick. We still produce these today!
Then in the 16th century the barrel horse was developed, which consisted of a circular log supported by four legs and adorned with a fake horse head. Crude in nature, this toy mimicked the back of a horse better than a hobby horse.
The rocking horse in its current form is widely believed to have first appeared in the early 17th century. It was around this time that bow rockers were invented, introducing rocking to the world of toy horses. There were, however, improvements to be made to the first rocking horses. Being made from solid wood, they were heavy and their center of gravity was high, so they could easily topple over.
It was in the Victorian age that the ‘safety stand’ was introduced and the idea of making the horses hollow was conceived. This made the horses lighter and more stable, and gave birth to the idea of a secret compartment being fitted into the horse’s underbelly.
The family heirloom horse could store photographs, mint coins, locks of baby hair and other such trinkets for future generations to find. During this era the style of choice was the dappled grey rocking horse, which was a favorite of Queen Victoria. Her love of rocking horses was instrumental in increasing the popularity of the toys.
This is an area that I’m planning to develop considerably, at this stage we have over the years crafted a very safe pendulum style horse at a very affordable price.
You can specify the mane color and also have it personalized with your beloveds name engraved on the side runners as well.
We are active and passionate Upcycler's which is also known as creative reuse, this is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products in our case what are deemed as offcuts by the big timber product manufacturer's, into new materials or products (TOYS!) of better quality or for better environmental value.
We aim to produce the finest top quality handmade wooden toys on the market, and with our toys being used everyday in over 300 preschools Kindergartens and Early childhood centers currently...we think we're on target :)