A horse on a stick is a toy horse designed for kids and teenagers to train themselves and have fun. The stick horse toy has a small horse head made of stuffed fabric or wood with a long stick attached to it. Some horse sticks also have wheels attached to them for kids to push around. Stick ponies are used for hobby horse races. Apart from serving as toys for kids, stick horses are also part of horse-lovers collectibles. Horse sticks are made of different materials such as wood, plastic, acrylic, polyester, and vinyl.
How Do You Know a Stick Horse is Good?
A good wooden stick horse will have a soft head and a well-polished stick. Some stick heads make sounds while others don't. The horse head on a stick with audio produces noises when the ears are pressed. Also, the wooden stick should be well polished and have a rubber or plastic stopper at the end to prevent scratches. The polished wood will prevent splinters when kids play with it. Other horse heads on stick toys use plastic sticks instead of wood. The height of the stick should be about three feet to make it convenient to hold for kids who are four years or older. For those who love dismantling toys, a removable bridle will be ideal. The head, eyes, nose, and mane of a unicorn hobby horse should be attractive and have realistic features.
At What Age Can Kids Use Horses on a Stick?
Hobby horse sticks are now available for children of different ages. While regulations for outdoor hobby horse games vary from country to country, most kids of age three and above can use horse riding sticks. Some hobby horse tournament organizers limit their age range to 3 to 8 years. In Finland, the female-dominated hobby horse games, with thousands of participants, allows girls who are between the ages of 10 and 18 years to use horse training sticks.