Rocking Horse

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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 carcase or "Safety Stand" is made from locally sourced NZ grown Pine and the head under the mane of course.

I then try to use as much of the reclaimed native timber to make all the details ect I just love how Rimu Kauri Matai and Totara have such depth of colour when sanded and oiled.


PLEASE select Rocking Horse North Island or Rocking Horse South Island also please use a residential address for delivery if possible as freighting these is expensive and I supplement the actual cost which is over the 150 Dollars for the South Island and 100 dollars for the North.


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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 centre 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 favourite 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.All of our toys and wooden resources are finished with a New Zealand blended oil that is 100% food safe and now includes lavender and Tea Tree Oil which has antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, providing a further layer of protection for children and early childhood education workers. This has been developed by myself and another New Zealand company and is specific only to Pioneer Wooden Toys.