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Vintage & Antique Rocking Horses

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Beautiful vintage and antique rocking horses, sympathetically restored where necessary. These are truly a joy to either own and display in your home or for children to ride and enjoy. 

We also offer beautifully crafted handmade removable and fixed leather tack for our antique rocking horses in small, medium and large sizes to help with a renovation or refresh of your current rocking horse. 

Browse our gallery of our sold rocking horses available for your pleasure. All now have new homes with riders and owners enjoying them.

We also have a small selection of horse sculptures and figures. Great gifts for any horse lover and an alternative if a rocking horse is too large! 

  • What age is an antique or vintage rocking horse? 

    • The term 'Antique' is accepted to mean an item which is 100 years or older. 'Vintage' is generally accepted to mean an item is 50 years or older. If you see an item listed as 'Victorian' then this should be from between 1837 and 1901.

  • Is a rocking horse a good investment? 

    • A careful purchase from a reputable seller should see you able to find the rocking horses you desire. If this is from an esteemed maker such as Lines or Ayres, then these are a great investment as there are only so many in existence. Their rarity will see the value increase over time. Really rare examples such as an Ayres 'D' or 'E' type are now difficult to find so would be a very good investment.

  • How do you measure a rocking horse? 

    • Our site always shows three measurements for our vintage and antique rocking horses; Height - this will be from the floor to the highest point of the horse which is sometimes the poll (or the top crown of the neck) or to the top of the ear, whichever is greater. Length - the overall length of the stand from end to end (ensure it will fit in your chosen spot). Width - the total width at the widest point of the stand. Again, be sure that your chosen rocking horse will fit where you want to place it on display.

  • What age is a rocking horse suitable for? 

    • Absolutely anyone of any age can love and enjoy our rocking horses, and purchasers often tell us that they are buying in later life because they always wanted one when they were younger but couldn't have or afford one. So don't forget to treat yourself if this is you! We also sell lots to parents or grandparents, and as there are so many styles and sizes available. There is always one to suit you - just ask. Antique horses are best suited to collectors or to have to display, if you wish to ride it then a more modern horse would be most suitable such as a Stevenson Brothers, Ringinglow or Haddon which will be sturdier than a very old horse. Although our antique horses are sound, we must remember they are elderly and especially those with original features/paint are best unridden to preserve their value.

  • Are rocking horses on a bow or a safety stand best? 

    • There is no right or wrong answer here, and if asked to draw a rocking horse a lot of people would draw one on a bow. These do, however, tend to be a bit longer overall than a safety stand so need a little more room. The safety stand is probably no safer but does tend to move around the room less when ridden by an 'enthusiastic' rider so this is something to consider - but either way you will love having a rocking horse in your life. NB Little fingers can get trapped under the bow if they choose to put them there whilst someone else is riding! We find a bow gives the most realistic ride as it has a greater range of movement than the safety stand.

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