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      17.03.2014 21:53
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      Pink pony has done us proud and deserves to go cantering into the sunset!

      My daughter was delighted to be given the pink version of this rocking horse for her first birthday by her grandparents. She played with it a lot over the next year - she has been very active her whole life and love active toys. It is very safe to use and proved very good value.

      What type of rocking horse to choose?
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      In an ideal world I would have chosen a more traditional rocking horse with complete with wooden rockers, reins, stirrups, fur and a mane that can be brushed - the kind of thing that you imagine in a perfect nursery. In the real world however, this rocking horse is more suited to the way my daughter plays with toys (circus style bareback riding whilst standing up and holding on with one hand anyone?), a lot safer as it is designed not to tip, and a lot more affordable.


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      Our version is all pink except for the eyes, which are a conventional black circle within a white circle and the small 'Little Tikes' logos on the sides. Apart from the logos, it is made from single continuous moulded plastic.


      Safety
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      You would need to be careful if you had a crawling baby around that the fingers didn't get squashed underneath the rockers - other than that it's about as safe as a toy of this kind can be. Also, because of the minimal design there is nothing to get entangled with and very little to break because it is designed in moulded plastic, with the handles being part of the same structure as the rest of the horse and not added on separately.

      Does it last?
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      I have always found Little Tikes toys to be strong, reliable and well designed. Happily this horse is no exception. The one part moulded design helps to account for its strength and durability. Being plastic it is easy to cope with any spillages (why do children think a rocking horse is a good place to leave a drink?) again making it much more practical than a furry rocking horse. It has endured vigorous play from my daughter - which is very high praise - she is an excellent tester of toys because so many break when she plays with them! She certainly gives her toys a thorough test! It has also been out in wind and rain and been covered in snow for long stretches and is still in good shape.


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      The downside of this toy is that it takes up a lot of room just being there and it needs even more room to be able to be of any use and be ridden, and so after a year, pink pony was put out to graze in the garden.

      Are there any other versions?
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      It comes in several colours other than pink. There is also a police version with added sounds going for around £40, and rocking cows and rocking zebras which come with furry covers but I would say stick with the original design - there are still plenty of new ones available on Amazon and ebay if it is tricky to find in the shops.

      What next?
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      Now, five years on from that, the pink pony is moored in the garden next to the trampoline and is still in good condition despite having been . However, she is not played with any more so I need to be looking for another young rider to pass her on to. She has given sterling service and we are very pleased with her. This horse has proved a winner although she's never been in a race!

      Price
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      The typical price for this toy now is around £25, which is not much more than it was going for when we received it. I think this is good value for the use we have had from it.

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      11.01.2014 16:20
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      Lovely present for my son

      I got this for my son who is 20 months old for Christmas and he absolutely loves it! I paid £15.99 for it in October off Amazon, and I have it in blue although it does come in red too like in the picture.

      This rocking horse is really cute and feels very solid. It is made of plastic which makes it so easy to clean and keep in the house or outside, i just put this in the bath and use the shower head on it to clean it after it has been outside.

      My son has no problems getting on and off of this rocking horse at 20 months old, he just climbs straight on and has never fallen off it. Although he doesn't quite understand yet to rock forward and back on it by himself, I gently rock it for him and he loves it, he giggles every time. I am not sure if my sons feet are a little uncomfortable when on the sides of the rocking horse as he seems to moan when I put his legs and feet there, he prefers just to have them dangling by the sides but sometimes his feet rub against the floor then when it is rocking. It is quite a low rocking horse, but this is great as they won't hurt themselves if they fall off, as they are not falling from a great height.

      This is really lightweight and even my son can push it about everywhere, although it still feels a sturdy well made rocking horse. This will be great for outside in the summer, we have used it outsides a few times already, but mostly we just use it inside, and it doesn't take up much room either as it is quite small.

      This rocking horse is for 12 months plus, and i would highly recommend it for the price, it is an excellent present, and my son loves it, and goes on it every day!

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      22.12.2013 23:52
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      My husband and I brought this rocking horse for my little girl when we were trying to think of toys for her 1st birthday. We also decided we wanted outside toys due to her toys slowly taking over our house.

      We came across the rocking horse whilst browsing amazon and decided it was perfect. Delivery was fast and product arrived in good condition 4 days after ordering.

      Now the horse is designed for ages 12months up. To begin with my little girl couldn't get used to it and we had to rock her ourselves and due to its shape we also had to help her on and off as she couldnt quite lift her leg high enough to be able to do it herself. I would say that she has now got everything mastered with the rocking horse but is 20 months, in hindesigt I may have been better off buying the toy for her this Christmas as she is bigger.

      The rocking horse is made of a sterdy plastic and of course comes in the shape of a horse with a curved botton in order to allow rocking to take place. The horse can come in a few colours but we chose blue as colour didnt really bother us. There are no small parts and I would say that the horse is perfectly suitable for small children.

      Now my daughter has the hang of it the rocking horse was definitely worth the money. We were a little disheartened when she wasnt interested on her birthday but time and practice have built up her confidence and she now loves her 'horsey horsey'

      The only negative I can say is that now my daughter really rocks on the horse, if it is not on a carpeted surface (like our wooden floors) the horse tends to shuffle across the floor ever so slightly. But this is a tiny flaw in comparison to the hours she has spent playing on it.

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      01.12.2012 16:31
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      This is a very good first rocking horse

      WHAT IS IT?

      A plastic outdoor rocking horse by Little Tikes.

      HOW DO YOU USE IT?

      Like any rocking horse, just sit your child in the seat and rock them backwards and forwards. It is for children from 12 months up to 3 years so will grow with your child, small children will need to be supported even though the seat has got a back and is wide but as soon as they can sit and rock unaided then they will be able to use it on their own. You need to tell them how important it is to hold the handles and when they get bigger show them how to put their feet on the rockers for extra stability.

      WHAT I THINK

      I did not like this when it was first gifted to my daughter because I wanted to buy something a bit more attractive and feminine but now I know that it was a very good present and one that my daughters loved, I shall keep it now for my youngest daughter who is too young for it now but will be the right age by next summer.

      It is very stable and does not tip over, my daughters like rocking and it has been used a lot in my garden but has never tipped or fallen over. The seat is wide and comfortable for them to sit on, like I said you will need to hold onto small children to stop them from sliding off but there is enough support for children who can sit stable by themselves.

      It is very well made and only fades a bit in the sun if you keep it outside, there's a bit of scratching on the bottom of ours but the plastic is thick and good quality so there are no cracks or breaks in it. The handles are the right distance away from the seat for most children so they don't have to lean too far forward and risk losing their balance.

      WHAT MY DAUGHTERS THINK

      I have asked my daughters today and they both said they like it very much, one if my daughters is nearly 7 and she used to sit on it this summer even though she is now too big to rock on it. I like watching them play with this because they have had a lot of fun with it and it always makes play time fun.

      My oldest daughter is very tall so when she got to about 3 1/2 she could not sit on it properly and used to get upset about that, it was hard to explain to her that the rocking horse was for children younger than her so my husband bought her a larger rocking horse for in the garden and she still loves to use that even now she is 8.

      ANYTHING ELSE

      This rocker costs £17.99 in Argos and the measurements are 43cm (H), 86cm (L), 29cm (W).

      5 Dooyoo Stars.

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        15.07.2012 21:43
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        Great toy highly recommended

        My daughter has been fortunate enough to receive this rocking horse for her 1st birthday back in February. This was an unexpected present and I must admit I probably would have never purchased it if she hasn't been given it. This horse immediately got my daughter's attention. Well of course it did, it is pretty hard to miss. She has got bright pink version which I love, I have actually managed to find out that this particular shade of pink is called magenta pink.

        This horse is aimed for babies for 12 months+ which is appropriate in my opinion however this may also depend on the individual child. My daughter was very confident on her feet and walked since she was about 10.5 months and so when she received this horse, she was able to climb on it by herself.
        This horse if made out of hard moulded plastic and as I mentioned above, we have pink version but I believe there are other colours available to purchase. Horse has two grip handles, eyes and low seat with raised back support. It is very lightweight; my daughter is able to move it around although she is bit bigger/taller for her age. Approximate weight of this product is 3kg (as per my scales) and its measurements are H43, W86, D29cm.

        I wasn't very sure about whether she will like it. She was looked happy and excited with her new present so I put her on it. The response we received was quite unexpected. She didn't look happy at all and started crying. We have taken her off the horse which calmed her down and let her get familiar by herself. It only took her 5 minutes before she went back to the horse this time climbed on and immediately figured out how to rock it. I must say from that moment she loved the horse. One day doesn't go by without her sitting/rocking on it. She hasn't had the problem getting on/off due to low seat however they have been few times she stumbled over when she has not been careful enough.

        The rocker is available from many kids toy stores, Argos or on-line. It sells for around £23, you might be able to find it cheaper on eBay if you hunting for absolute bargain.

        I do not have anything bad to say about this toy. Although it doesn't play any sounds or music it teaches kids co-ordination. This toy is very good quality and also seems to be un-destructible (only judgin from experience when older kids played with it) and I can honestly see this toy lasting years. Not sure about weight restriction however i have sat on it and it still going strong so no worries there.

        This was a brilliant present my daughter received and I would pay even full price for this. My daughter had it for 5 months now and still plays with it, this toy proves to be popular with her friends too when they come to visit.

        5/5 stars from me

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        25.12.2011 16:26
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        Brilliant toy for toddlers

        There are some toys that are simply classics, take the Little Tikes Horse Rocker for example. I remember the hours of fun my eldest child had playing with his over twenty years ago and the way that same rocker was enjoyed by three of his siblings before being donated to a children's centre in almost perfect condition. Now that my youngest is mobile and on his feet, I thought it was only right that I buy him a rocker of his very own so that he too can experience the thrill of trying to upturn it. The Little Tikes horse rocker has changed little in the intervening years, it's still made of the same thick, durable, hollow, moulded plastic that is a feature of the majority is Little Tikes outdoor toys and still costs around £20. The only real difference is that twenty years ago the rocker was only available in one colour, but now is available in a range of colours including magenta, blue, pink and a lovely green. We bought the green rocker as it is not only a really nice colour but is also suitable for little boys without being overtly masculine (and therefore suitable if we should ever have a girl in the future).

        ==Ride a cock horse - A Parent's View==

        I purchased this rocker from the ELC for £17.59 during a recent 20% off promotion (the standard price is £21.99), and it was delivered in a very large box. Refreshingly for a child's outdoor toy it required absolutely no assembly, having no small (or even large) parts to put together. The rocker is formed from a hard-wearing, thick moulded plastic and is actually hollow, meaning that it is deceptively light and easy to move from room to room or even from indoors to outdoors. Being completely made of plastic the rocker can be left outdoors without fear that it will rust, rot or otherwise deteriorate and is easy to wipe clean. Although this particular rocker lives indoors, my previous rocker spent a considerable number of summers outside and the only ill-effects were that it faded a little and gained some scratches on the base from being played with on concrete.

        The horse rocker is the one of the smallest in a range of rockers manufactured by Little Tikes and is suitable for children aged between one and three years. As it is suitable for such young children it has a wide base, the seat is low in relation to the ground and the rocking curve is relatively shallow. To help support the child there is a backrest, a foot rest and a pair of handles for the child to hold on to, which helps make this one of the safest rocking horses on the market.

        Although the rocker is very basic in design with the only decoration being the eyes, it is still recognisably a horse and looks very cute if a little babyish. I especially like that there are no stickers decorating the rocker, as I've found that there will always come a point when inquisitive little fingers start removing these. I also like that there is now a range of colours available, although I must say that as far as I'm concerned the green is by far the most attractive colour. Although not huge, at 86cm in length, 29cm in width and 87cm in height the rocker does take up a fair bit of space, especially if kept indoors and it's best to ensure that there is clear floor space around it to reduce the chance of accidents.

        All in all this is a very well made and attractive toy that certainly lives up to it's predecessors and fills me with confidence that it will provide many, many hours of fun during the next year or so until my 20 month old son outgrows it and then still be in good enough condition to pass on to another child.

        ==To Banbury Cross - A Child's View==

        As Freddy is only 20 months and has only had his rocker for a relatively short period of time, I'm going combine my experience of watching Freddy play with his with the experience of watching his siblings play with their's over many years. But before I go any further, I'm going to tell you a little bit about Freddy as when and indeed whether this rocker is suitable for your child depends very much on their developmental stage. Although Freddy has very good fine motor skills his gross motor skills are delayed due to a condition called hypermobility which means he has low muscle tone. He was very late sitting and crawling and has only took his first steps about a month ago. This means that he is not as confident a walker and climber as most children his age. Saying this, Freddy is quite the little thrill-seeker, who loves the swings and rockers at the park and is relatively tall for his age (97th percentile).

        On first spotting the rocker, Freddy's smile transformed into a huge grin and he immediately ran over to investigate. To begin with, we allowed him to simply explore the rocker without putting him on it and he soon discovered it rocked and spent a good ten minutes standing next to it rocking it. Freddy still doesn't quite have the gross motor skills to climb onto the rocker (he's almost there now though), so the next stage was to put him on and see if he could make it rock himself. The rocker is the perfect size for him, his feet can touch the floor, but he isn't cramped with his knees up to his chest. This means it's easy for him to make it rock all by himself and this is something he loves. The look on his face and giggles he sounds show just how much he loves the rocker, if the fact that he would stay on it for hours if could didn't make it obvious enough. It's safe to say that this rocker has been a big hit as far as Freddy is concerned, definitely one of our better purchases.

        From my experiences with my older children, I know this is going to be a hit for some time to come. Although the maximum recommended age for this rocker is three, I know from experience that Freddy is likely to still have sneaky goes well beyond this age. My older children were still having sneaky rocks up to and over the age of ten. But as the child gets older the rocker does become a little more dangerous as they start to rock harder and the force of these stronger rocks will make it steadily move across the floor, even a carpeted floor.

        ==To See A Fine Lady - Developmental Benefits and more==

        This isn't a toy that is going to turn your toddler into a linguistic genius, but it is one that will help them improve their gross motor skills, balance and sense of adventure while having fun. It is also a toy that will go a long way to increasing their level of activity, even the most dedicated of junior lounge potatoes will find the simple charm of rocking a miss.

        Durability-wise this rocker appears to be just as tough as it's predecessor, it's made of the same tough plastic, which means that it's rust-proof and extremely easy to wipe clean. It is also able to take weights far exceeding that of the children at the upper end of the age range.

        ==On A White Horse - Final Words==

        The Little Tikes Horse Rocker is a classic for a reason, it is a simple toy that provides hours of fun for any toddler between one and four years of age. Apart from the colour the design of the rocker has remained the same for twenty years now, after all why mess with perfection? All that remains is my star rating and recommendation, well as far as stars out of five go, I have no hesitation in awarding a full five. And my recommendation is that this is perfect for toddlers from about a year, even those unsteady on their feet. But if you are thinking of buying this for an older toddler, say approaching two and a half, you buy the slightly more adventurous Whale Teeter Totter.

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          08.11.2011 16:04
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          an absolute bargain!

          My daughter is 2 and she is absolutely obsessed with her pink rocking horse at home, and her hobby horse. So when she started nursery, you can imagine her delight when she discovered they had a Little Tikes Rocking Horse! It is nothing like the one she has at home but she loves all kinds of rocking horses (to the point where getting her out of the toy shop is near impossible)

          The Little Tikes rocker she has at nursery is pink. It is made of good, solid plastic so it is very durable - something that is a must for a nursery or even just for an outdoor toy. It can definitely withstand a lot of use! There is a handle either side of the horse's head which is great as it helps the child hold on. The seat is low and the back of the rocker is high, which helps to keep the child stable and safe. The rocker is obviously shaped like a horse, with large stickers for eyes, and the famous Little Tikes logo on the side.

          The age range is 12 months - 3 years. It is also available in blue or green and is widely available from toy stores and even supermarkets. The average price is around £19.99 (Toys R Us have it at this price at the moment as well) which is an absolute bargain, considering other rocking horses can be more than double that! The size of the rocking horse is L86cm Wx 29cm H x 43cm. The children who use it at her nursery are aged up to three years, and to be honest I could easily imagine 4 or 5 year olds fitting on it too!

          My daughter loved this so much that the nursery staff would always bring it out for her. We ended up buying one to keep at her grandad's house for when we visit as she loves it that much! It has been left outside since we bought it - in the sun, rain and cold (although not snow yet as it hasn't snowed) and it has no damage to it at all - a quick wipe down and it's ready to use.

          It is very easy to clean - there are no nooks and crannies for anything to get trapped in. A quick wipe with a cloth and household cleaner is all it needs, everything wipes off well too.

          All in all, the best rocking horse you can get for £20 - and damn well worth it! I really cannot fault it!

          MY REVIEWS APPEAR ON DOOYOO AND CIAO UNDER MY USERNAME PINKPRINCESS24/PINKPRINCESS244

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          25.11.2010 11:15
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          5 out of 5!!

          As we have no garden, outdoor toys wasn't something that I had really considered buying my daughter, especially as our yard is just that, a yard so I worried about her falling and hurting herself. One of my friends was giving away a Little Tikes Rocking Horse, and gave me first refusal on it so after a bit of thinking and realising I can't just wrap my daughter in cotton wool I decided to take up the offer - how glad am I now that I did!!!

          The Little Tikes Rocking Horse is a very sturdy little rocker and is made out of very strong solid plastic which means it is extremely durable. The horse has a low seat and a high back which makes it safe for your child to sit on and there is a handle at each side of its head for holding on therefore extra safety! Underneath the seat is the familiar Little Tikes logo and the horses face has large stickers for eyes. The size of the rocking horse is 86cm L x 29cm W x 43cm H and it is aimed at children that are twelve months to three years. I do think that is a bit low for the top age as my friends little girl was 5 and she still managed to fit on and rock with ease. The cost of the horse is around £19.99 so it is even better that I got it for free!

          As soon as I arrived home with the rocking horse my daughter immediately wanted to play on it, so after a quick wash down off we went into the backyard for a play. It is safe to say that it was an instant hit! (more so than her lovely Mamas and Papas one even!!!) Over twelve months down the line it is still the first thing that my daughter will head for when we go outside to play now and just loves rocking as hard as she can - this sometimes worries me as at first I thought it would tip over but thankfully it has never happened and i'm not sure that it even would, I think its just me being a paranoid mum!

          I have left this horse out in the yard in all weather, sun, rain, wind and snow and it is showing no sign of wear yet. I think this is fantastic, especially as bearing in mind it is second hand. I think this rocking horse is actually indestructible and I think that is the same for most toys in the Little Tikes range. This is a fantastic toy to have and I am sure your child would get hours and hours of fun out of it and for around the £20 mark I think it is a bargain. I can't recommened it highly enough!

          This review may be posted elsewhere under same username.

          Thank you for reading my review :)

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            12.11.2010 07:43
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            A great toy which lasts and lasts

            We got given this rocking horse by a friend after her children had finished using it and I have to say it is in perfect condition. Her three children have all used it but you can not tell at all as it still looks brand new.

            It is a deep red colour which means it is suitable for both boys and girls. It is made of a very strong plastic and it has no scuffs or wear and tear on it so I think it is very durable and well made. It feels very sturdy and is definately a good quality product. It has lovely eyes on it which actually make it look like a horse which is nice.

            I really like the seat on it because it is nice and low so it is very easy for my son to get on and off it by himself. The seat is also nice and deep and has quite a high back which means he can't fall backwards when rocking so it feels very safe. The handles are a good size for his hands and are easy for him to grip on to.

            It rocks really easily. My son has had this since he was about 14 months old and he was able to rock it by himself as soon as he got it and really enjoys it. It also seems to be good at not tipping over as my son sometimes rocks quite fast on it and leans forward but it has never tipped over which I am glad about as some other rocking horses don't look as sturdy as this one.

            This is a nice simple toy with no gimmicks but is lots of fun. I think it is a great value toy as it will last for ages and I can see myself passing it onto another child when my son has finished with it because it is so well made.

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            01.09.2010 19:23
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            designed for safety!

            We got given this rocking horse by my partner's sister. Every time we went over to play at her house my daughter would always play on it, she loved it. We were talking about getting one ourselves when she offered to give us her one because her boys had grown out of it. My daughter has been using it since she was around 1, it's her favourite toy in the garden and provides her with a lot of fun.

            We have our rocking horse in purple, but they come in a complete variety of colours. It's made out of plastic and shaped as a sort of horse. It has a head and eyes and a tail at the back, it is all moulded out of plastic. It has a seat in the middle for children to sit down, and has 2 handles, also made out of plastic on either side. By the sides of the chair , where children's feet would be is a rugged surface, that acts as a grip so that children's feet don't slip off.

            The rocking horse is suitable to use inside and out, but we have just kept ours outside. It's not a lightweight design so it doesn't topple over easy if they get a bit over exited whilst rocking forward and back. I have to admit my little girl has rocked it all the way over once or twice, so we always keep ours on the grass.

            The rocking horse has a high front and back to prevent slipping of and the seat is big enough to accommodate for different age and size children, but it can also be used by the little ones. This rocking horse is designed for children aged from 12 months to 3 years.

            It is also very durable and reliable, we have had ours now for 2 years and as it was previously owned it must be a good 6 or 7 years old. It is in excellent condition however like most outdoor plastic toys it does have slight sun damage. Due to us having a dark coloured rocker though this is not so noticeable.

            I would recommend this children's rocker as it provides lots of fun and entertainment to children, and is a safe product to use.

            This can be bought for around £20 - £30, depending on what colour you want.

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              a brilliant garden toy for toddlers to use independently.

              We have this toy for our cousins and this is great for the garden for toddlers to develop their physical skills have never brought it inside we think it would take up to much room.We have it in green but I think it comes in pink and blue as well.It is just the right size for an average 12-24 month old child and they can easily try and get on and off with little help.It has a nice size seat with a back to it so they can lean back on the horse with no fear of them falling off.It has handles and are easy for the child to hold on to.The horse is very strong and sturdy and dosn't tip over easily because it has a large flat surface and this is were the child puts there feet as well so they can rock the horse very fast.The only small thing I find with it if the child is very strong they can rock the horse to fast and can tip forwards and backwards so have to watch out for that.You don't need to worry about bringing the horse in because is can sustain all weathers and is very easy to clean.

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              26.07.2010 22:17
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              little tikes rocking horse with high back and slow seat to make it easy for kids to get on

              We bought this for our son for his second Christmas so he would have been around 1year and 5months and we thought he would love it which he did. We bought the blue one but it also comes in pink. It is made from plastic so is very sturdy and I must admit I have had a shot on it and it held my weight no bother!

              The seat of the rocking horse has quite a high back and is low down which makes it easy for young children to get on and off themselves. I was a bit worried that it would topple over when my son was climbing onto it but because it has a wide base and is low it lessens the chance of this happening. The handles are quite large and easy to grip and there is a long runner at the bottom which is used as a foot rest.

              The rocking horse is very durable as ours tends to be outside a lot so has been out in heavy rain and snow and it is still in perfect condition! When we do have it in the house it does take up a small bit of space but luckily we have a lot of cupboard space. We have laminate flooring in our house so it does slide a bit when my son is getting on and off it but it does not scratch the floor. At the price of around £19.99 I think it is a good buy and definitely worth the money.

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              5 out of 5

              I have had one of these rocking horses in my house for a few years. They are ideal for little kids to play with and can keep them entertained for ages.

              The rocking horse is made out of strong, durable plastic and comes in many different colours ( ours is blue). It has the shape of a horses head on the front, complete with eyes and a mane and at the back a tail has been moulded into the plastic.

              It has a low seat with a high back rest and the child fits comfortably into the seat. The high front and back mean it is very difficult for the child to fall out unless they fall sideways and then because it is low there wouldn't be any injury.

              The feet sit nicely on the panels at the bottom and the are two handles on either side of the horses head which are chunky and easy for the child to grip on.

              The horse will rock backwards and forwards as the child leans back and forward. It is simple to use.

              This rocking horse is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and is easy to wipe clean. It is very lightweight and is easy to transport. The dimensions are L86 x W26x H43cm.

              The age range for this toy is 1-3 years old and my children have had unlimited use out of it. They climb all over it as well as using it to rock on and it has been a big hit when other children have come to play.

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              28.06.2010 22:37
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              Great toy

              We are rapidly outgrowing our house and while we do intend to extend next year at the moment we all just have to put up with the general lack of space. As we are struggling for room, I have tried to make our garden really tempting for the kids to try and ensure that they spend plently of time outdoors and not just on sunny days.

              When it came to outdoor toys, I was told by a few friends to look out for Little Tikes products as they were supposed to be incredibly durable. I know the importance of this, I have bought a few things that over a few months of being left outside have faded, cracked or just completely broken.

              Last year I was at a NCT (national childbirth trust) Nearly New sale and I dashed around quickly, not long after it opened, on the hunt for some sturdy outdoor toys. I spotted this Little Tikes Rocking Horse and managed to rush over and get my greasy mits on it before any other bargain hunting mummy managed to put claim to it. It was a bargain, I paid a fiver for it and knew that I had got a great deal. I have a quick look on the internet asnd I believe you can pick one of these up new at £19.99 from places like Argos and Toys R Us.

              The rocking horse is a incredibly solid and sturdy plastic rocker. It has a deep, low seat for little one's bottom and easy-grip handles. It is aimed at children aged 12 months and over.

              I took this home and it immediately becam evident that this toy was going to be a complete success. It's simplicity is it's absolute charm, all children love the rocking motion. My youngest daughter giggled with delight as I showed her how to gently rock herself and my older one rocked it so high, I was worried she was going to tip the whole thing over....she never has I might add. This toy gets played with all the time, my oldest girl is now over 4 and she still uses very regularly.

              The best thing for me about this fab toy is that you can really just get it out for the summer and just leave it out and it will still look and perform in exactly the same way. It is pretty much indestructable and I love that I can just forget about it. Every evening, I am putting away bikes etc and this just makes things a bit easier. I really cant speak highly enough of this fab outdoor toy.

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                16.01.2010 05:18
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                A must have for any child

                The Little Tikes Rocking Horse has been around for years, I remember playing on a similar one in nursery, which is why it seemed like the perfect choice for my daughter.

                The horse offers a low seat, making it easy for the child to get on, big handles for easy gripping and a high seat back, reducing the number of possible accidents. The foot rests - as seen in the picture - are not small or limited to a certain places, making it easier for child to ride.

                This toy is perfect for thrill seeking children.

                The only downfall I have with this horse is that it is not easily stored. Big and bulky, it makes putting away very difficult. The horse is also very difficult to rock on plush carpets and rugs - though "normal" carpets and flat rugs are fine, as are lino and wooden floor.

                The horse is extremely easy to clean, although it does scratch very easy.

                Averaging at around £20, the Little Tikes Rocking Horse is a must for young children. Fun and easy to use, this toy will become a favourite for a long time, making the expense well worth it.

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            • Product Details

              This smoothly rounded rocker was designed with safety. It has a high seat back, easy-grip handles and easymount low seat.