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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2007
The rocking horse is really very cute and easy to put together. The price on Amazon.com was the best I could find. Shipping was quick and all pieces were included. The instructions to put it together were clear. I bought the horses for my twins who are 2. They are able to get on and off by themselves. My 5 year old also loves them and still fits very well on them.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
OK...I just finished opening the box and putting two of these little guys together. While I've bought many items off of Amazon, I've never provided a review until now. In fact, I came back to my computer specifically to write this review; Stork Craft deserves the praise. I'm 65 years old with 7 very grown kids and a DIY guy, so I've done a lot of assembly in my time. Yet I've never seen such quality in the design of this type of item. As soon as I opened the package I was impressed with the beauty of the wood, the finish, and the color (we ordered "Cognac" color which doesn't appear to be available anymore). I could see immediately that the thickness of the wood was greater than I expected for the price (~$38).

As I went through the assembly process...I kept thinking 'wow, what quality!', the machine screws that are used are hefty and they all fit into the wood via threaded metal inserts. There are many angles involved in the cuts of the various pieces, yet the fit of every piece and every pre-drilled and pre-countersunk hole was perfect. I could also see that the rockers were made to be slightly angled outward to provide a more stable/safe base to rock on.

I came out of my 'assembly area' twice to point out to my wife how well the horse parts were engineered. Her reaction was more about the look than the fit....'cute, really cute' (emphasis on the 'really').

It didn't take very long to put the horses together because the instructions were very clear. To top it all off an 800 Customer Service phone number and address were provided (not always the case for items made outside the US). All that said, this horse hasn't been 'broken in' yet....so it does remain to be seen how well it rides and for how long. However, from the construction I'm seeing, I'm betting it will ride well and ride long. I hope so.

The box says the horse is good for ages 2 through 6, with a maximum weight of 60 pounds. My two grandsons who will own the horses are both not quite 2 years old (one of them has a 5 year old brother who will probably take the horse for a ride now and then, and the other one will have a new little brother very soon). My hope is that these horses will provide a lot of smiles for all four of these little cowboys, and will be around to carry others on rides beyond when these four boys top the 60 pound mark. We'll see.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
WOW! I bought 2 of these for my 2 year old twins and wow is it a grrrrrreat buy. The price is right, the rocking horse is very sturdy and it is a very good looking horse. My twins love to rock on these and I know that they will last a very long time! Highly recommend this rocking horse!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Note: My child likes to pull the hair out, so just FYI, the string used for the hair (mane and tail) comes out easily. Other than that, my child likes rocking on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2007
My son received this rocking horse for his first birthday (in the Cognac finish). The horse is beautiful and seems very sturdy and high quality. He enjoys rocking back and forth and petting the horses mane. He is not able to get onto the horse by himself yet (though he is walking), but I don't anticipate it will take him too long to figure out. It only took me 25 minutes and a philips head screwdriver to assemble, and I am not an engineer. He loves it and I think it will get many years of use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
I love this little horse; and have had it for a couple of months. I only have one complaint, the mane is attached with large staples and today my 17 month old granddaughter got poked by staple that had only been secured at one end. The other end was sticking straight up. She was rocking out and could have poked her eye out if her hands had slipped. Big safety issue. Grandpa is pulling out the staples out and putting things back with a non-toxic glue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We ordered the oak finish rocking horse and it arrived quickly. Assembly was very easy as the only tool needed was a "Phillips" screwdriver. It took me less than 10 minutes to assemble. All the pieces arrived complete and in tact.

The oak finish is an attractive compliment to our furniture. The brown yarn used for the mane & tail is stapled on so I can see it coming off after being tugged on a while. It should be easy enough to reattach with a heavy duty staple gun, or maybe with a few decorative brass screw like I'm thinking of doing anyway.

The size of the horse is perfect for our 19 month old who is about 33" tall and 25 lbs. I was also surprised at how solid and sturdy it felt once assembled. I'm about 215 lbs and it feels like it could support my weight if I carefully sat on it.. although I'm not about to try it. I would say this horse could *easily* support a 60-70 lb child. The reason it's so sturdy, is because they inserted threaded brass sleeves into the wooden pieces, in which the brass screws can thread into. This provides a metal on metal point of contact rather than metal on wood. Thus eliminating weak spots at the load bearing points.

We paid less than $50 for the product. Our daughter loves it. It looks nice in the home. She should get a couple years use out of it unless she keeps "shooting" upward like summer corn.

The reason for 4 stars instead of 5, is because it doesn't seem to rock quite as good as some of the spring mounted horses we looked at. I think this style is a bit safer for a toddler so it's a tradeoff.

Thanks for reading.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2008
If you're looking at the picture above and have mixed feelings about the mane and tail, don't worry. The horse I got had a deep red mane and tail that matched perfectly.

Also, as long as you have a philips-head screwdriver you have everything you need to put it together. For something so simple to put together it is surprisingly well made and sturdy. The design of the runners prevent all but the most violent and deliberate efforts to tip over.

Also, the lack of a bridle rope hanging down is a design advantage. It give the child no option other than holding onto the pegs or the neck, both more secure than holding onto a loose bridle rope.

In summary, well made and a joy to the kids who ride it, this Cherry Rocking Horse is so attractive it is one toy you won't mind leaving out when company come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
It seems durable and will give my great grandaughter many years of pleasure. I personally liked it becaused it is very old world like and not made of plastic. Thank you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
I gave 2 stars because the horse is cute and a great color. But unfortunately the "reins" on the horse head was ripped in half. I contacted Amazon which sent out a replacement but that was scratched pretty badly! I figured I'd contact the manufacturer and they sent me a replacement. And this time the holes where the handles go were too small. So there's no way to attach the handles. I contacted the company again and I'm just waiting to see what they send me now. I am so disappointed in the quality of the horse and won't be buying Stork Craft products anytime soon.
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