Best Horse Toys for Kids Who Adore Horses and Ponies

Horse toys have always been a childhood favorite. Suitable for kids of all ages, the original rocking horse toys began this trend many decades ago, and has remained popular ever since.

As parents, we know how much children love to let their imaginations run wild, and role play games have been proven countless times to be extremely beneficial to your child’s mental development.

That means that by investing in a modern-day horse toy, you’ll be giving your child the ability to pretend and interact with it, whether your children are racing or playing rodeo. With a horse toy by their sides, the possibilities are endless.

There are many horse toys to choose from, including small animal toys, barnyard horse sets, and rocking horses. To give you a taster into the wonderful world of horses, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite toys that your child is going to love.

We’ll explore the ins and outs of each toy, and look at what each one’s leading feature is. At the end of my list, you’ll be able to explore my step-by-step buying guide, detailing everything you need to know about horse toys, so you can make the best purchase for your child.

My Favorite Horse Toys for Your Kids to Fall in Love With

Here are five of my favorite horse toys that are currently on the market. Let’s explore the ins and outs of each, so you can see why your kids will love them.

1. Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable Play Set

To start my list, I’ve chosen a horse-orientated play set that both your boys and girls will love. Within this set, your children will be able to play with eight unique and vibrantly painted horse toys, perfect for role play games such as horse farms or racing.

All these toys are uniquely identifiable with their own colors, easily allowing your child to name each one and choose a favorite. All the toys can be stored safely in the portable take-along stable that allows your child to take the set with them wherever they go.

This can be converted into a high-quality stable that will allow your children to pencil in each horse’s name on their own tags. The set also includes a collection of extension activities, helping to promote creative styles of play, adding to the already high levels of entertainment.

What's Great About It: No toy would be perfect without an educational element. With this unique set from a leading child-product brand, your child will be able to read from a highly-informative breeding guide that includes basic facts on each breed of the horse included, satisfying your child’s thirst for knowledge.

2. Sunny Days Entertainment Blue Ribbon Champions Deluxe Horse

If your child is looking for an individual horse toy that they can call their own, there’s no reason to look further than the Sunny Days Deluxe Horse. There are four different breeds to choose from, each with their own unique styles and designs that are made to the highest-quality that gives your child an authentic experience with the horse of their choice.

Regarding the horse, the front prides itself on a movable head, perfect for accurately recreating a trotting movement, and it also makes realistic horse sounds when pushed down.

Alongside the movable head, you’ll find a beautiful mane and tail that your child can groom to their hearts content. There’s a grooming brush included with the set so the job can be completed properly every time.

Included in this unique and multi-functional set, your child will be able to explore a ton of different accessories including a detachable saddle, a trophy, brushes, rosettes and more, allowing for endless possibilities of play.

What's Great About It: The best part of this unique and high-quality design is the attention to detail that Sunny Days has implemented. From the recorded horse sound effects to the amount of detail on the mane and body, this horse toy helps to maximize your child’s creativity, giving them the most enjoyable experience possible.

3. Breyer My Dream Horse3D Paint-By-Number

As parents, we know that children love painting, drawing and anything that gets their artistic juices flowing. With that in mind, pair this idea with horses and you’ve got a sure-fire way to guarantee entertainment for hours to come.

That’s why Breyer have designed this unique artistic take on painting-by-numbers with this Classical horse model that your child will fall in love with. 

Inside this unique kit, you’ll find a comprehensive collection of three paint brushes, six colors, one Classic sized horse model, and an innovative 16-page instruction booklet that helps your child paint a beautiful masterpiece.

Suitable for children aged three years old and above, this set provides your child with an enjoyable activity as well as a challenge, educating them about the important values of patience, ideal for stimulating their creative mental development.

What's Great About It: The leading feature of this unique horse toy is the outstanding quality that it provides your child with. The horse model is made from high-density and extremely stable materials, allowing your child to paint without running the risk of it falling over and getting damaged. This quality continues with the paintbrushes and the paints, giving your child all they need to have the most enjoyable horse experience.

​4. KidKraft Derby Rocking Horse – Natural

One of the most traditional and popular horse toys to have ever have been introduced to the child-product industry, my list simply wouldn’t be complete without a mention of a traditional rocking horse.

To fill this prestigious position, I’ve chosen the KidKraft Rocking Horse, an extremely high-quality build that’s designed to be passed down through your family from generation to generation. Using high-quality materials, the hair of the horse is made from highly-durable wool for an authentic feel.

This wool is then connected to a sturdy and incredibly stable wooden build that makes up the complete construction of the horse. The seat is made to be as comfortable as possible, and there’s a dedicated foot rest area, so your children’s feet aren’t just hanging.

While rocking, your children can enjoy the added benefits of anti-tip rockers, ensuring the safest, most enjoyable experience possible.

What's Great About It: The above features combined with the overall quality is something your children will simply fall in love with. Thanks to the high-quality build, you can easily pass this treasure down through the generations.

​5. Rockin’ Rider Legacy Grow-With-Me Pony

If you’re looking for a traditional looking rocking horse, but want a product that’s been evolved into something a little more modern, my final horse toy entry could be ideal for you.

The Rockin’ Rider is an adjustable rocking horse that grows as your child does, guaranteeing many years of endless horseplay fun. At the beginning, this product starts out as a child bouncer, easily transforming into a horse rocker, and finally into a fully-functional spring horse.

This unique creation allows your child to interact with the fluffy ears where they’ll find a button that cycles through six unique horse sound effects, talking phrases, and an exclusive ‘I’m a Little Pony’ song that you won’t find anywhere else.

While playing these unique sound effects, the horse will talk and sing with a moving mouth, giving your child a realistic experience they won’t find with any other toy. The materials used on the horse are stable, while the external layers are soft, comfortable and highly hug-able!

What's Great About It: The leading feature of this unique horse is its ability to transform from a rocker to a bouncer to a spring horse in a matter of minutes without any tools. This means that the horse can not only grow as your child does, but siblings can also use it, encouraging social skills while having the best time possible.

Tips on Choosing the Perfect Horse Toy for Your Child

Now that you’re in the know about some of the best children’s toys that are currently on the market, it’s time to choose which one is best for your child. Use my unique buying guide below to learn everything there is to know, enabling you to make the best purchasing decision.

Functionality

As you can see from my list above, there are many different types of horse toys to choose from, each one specifically designed to encourage your child’s love for horses.

There are horses to ride, horses to roleplay with, and horses for fans of the art world, so there is something for every child.

When purchasing the ideal horse toy for your child, consider what activities they already love and what they will really enjoy. That way you can guarantee that the product you buy is something they are going to love.

Alternatively, you may be looking to expand your child’s mental horizons. If this is the case, feel free to get them something they may not have tried before to see if they like it.

Quality

As with any child’s toy, you want the highest quality product you can find. If your child loves a toy, they will continuously use it, so it’s inevitability going to go through some wear and tear. 

You don't want a toy that will break easily, and want to prolong the lifespan of the toy, so buy high quality. As a general rule of thumb, the cheaper the product, and the cheaper the materials, the more likely it is to break.

Budget

Always consider your budget and how much you are going to spend on your horse toy. This will help you narrow down what you want to buy. As you can see, you can purchase some really multi-functional toys that are rather inexpensive, such as the items on my list, so you’re not really limited.

However, in the horse toy world, it’s easy to get carried away and potentially spend thousands of dollars on a horse toy. Those products do exist, but are not necessary for your child to have a great time with their horse.

Space

When looking to see what horse toy you wish to purchase, consider the room or location in your house that you are going to be setting the toy up in. Do you have a large house or garden, or are you living in an apartment? If space is an issue, it may be worth investing in a small rocking horse, role playing toys or painting sets.

This is solely so you can have room in your house to move. With horse toys, it’s very difficult to store the products as they don’t fold away for storage.

Conclusion

As you can see, there is a wide variety of different horse toys available, each one filling a different niche of its own, and is capable of entertaining children of all ages, no matter what their lifelong passion.

By taking the time to invest in the right toy for your child, you can be sure that it will be a toy that they’ll fall in love with and will be enjoyed for many years to come.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Sandra is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she’s not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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