Stick Horses

by wenkrick

A Stick horse is a classic toy that is still popular with kids today.

Little Boy with his Stick Horse
Little Boy with his Stick Horse

I remember the Stick Horse.

When I was a child, we didn't have a lot of toys. There were 5 of us kids and we kept each other entertained by playing "pretend" most of the time. We had a few dolls and play cars as well a couple of balls. I remember playing with my brother and sister. But I especially remember playing with my brother and his stick horse. My brother played with his toy stick horse all the time. He would pretend to be an old time sheriff from the wild wild west. He was always trying to save me (even if I didn't want to be saved). He was always running around with the horse, making a noises and trying to sound like he was riding a galloping horse.

In those days, we didn't have all the electronics and fun toys of today. But don't feel bad for us. We had fun. And it didn't take much to entertain us. This simple and inexpensive stick horse gave us hours our fun and entertainment. And now that I'm a Mom, looking back, I realize that playing with a stick horse encouraged pretend play and really gave us children a chance to explore our imagination. I mean, we could be anything that we wanted to be.

Mary Meyer Easy Ride'Ums, Easy Ride'Um Appaloosa, 33"

Mary Meyer Easy Ride'Ums, Easy Ride'Um Appaloosa, 33"
Mary Meyer
Only $20.99

History of the Stick Horse

Stick horses have been around for years. The earliest stick horse we created in the late 19th century. Back then, the stick horse was a simple horse head attached to a stick with a string to hold onto. Simple, yet it generated years and years of fun for kids.

The good news is the stick horse is still found in toys store today. Now toy stick horses come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Many of them also make different sounds.

Easy Ride'Um Brown Horse

This soft stick horse by Mary Meyer is perfect for a boy or a girl. It has a nice fuzzy mane and it sounds just like a real horse. It gallops when you run with it and it neighs. The mane is the perfect length for kids to grab a hold of but not so long that it could cause a strangulation or chocking hazard.

How to Play with a Stick Horse

Kids are so creative and will come up with many ways to play with a stick horse. But here are some of the ways we played with stick horses as kids. Maybe you will want to share these ideas with your child.

  1. Have a horse race.
  2. Play cowboys and Indians.
  3. Pretend you are on a farm and you are breaking in your new horse.
  4. Pretend you have a show horse and fix his hair. Make him extra pretty.
  5. Have a Horse jumping contest.
  6. Ride it while fighting off bad guys!

Stick Horses

Aurora World World Giddy-Up Stick Horse 37" Plush, Beige

Includes: Stick horse, (AA) batteries. Dimensions: 37"L. Recommended Age: 3+ Years.

Aurora World Inc.
Only $20.00
Aurora World World Giddy-Up Stick Horse 37" Plush, Dark Brown

Includes: Stick horse, AA batteries. Dimensions: 37"L. Recommended Age: 3+ Years.

Aurora World Inc.
$24.99  $23.78
Stick Horse

Complete Your Cowboy Halloween Costume! The stick horse is a simple Halloween cowboy costume accessory that can make your cowboy outfit a hit. No cowboy Halloween costume is com...

Rhode Island Novelty
$8.95  $8.66
Foamies® Horse on a Stick - Assorted Colors - 22 to 24 inches

DARICE-Foam Horse On A Stick. This is a fun and lightweight toy for your child who loves horses and wants to pretend they are riding one. This package contains a 21 inch tall ho...

Darice
$9.99  $6.39
WALIKI TOYS Stick Horse (plush with Sound, for kids and toddlers)

Ole' Mr Jones the crazy stick horse for kids does the job! Ride through the wild plains of imagination! 30 inches tall. Our Stick Horse for Kids with sound dissembles for travel...

Waliki
Only $21.98
Aurora World World Giddy-Up Fantasy Stick Pony 37" Plush, Pink

Includes: Stick horse. Dimensions: 37"L. Recommended Age: 3+ Years.

Aurora World Inc.
$24.99  $20.15

You can't play "Cowboy" without your Hat!

Straw Cowboy Hat Adult (One-Size)
Forum Novelties Inc
Only $1.80
Fun Express Childs Straw Cowboy Hat w...
Fun Express
$29.99  $19.45
Updated: 05/31/2011, wenkrick
 
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Did you have a stick horse growing up?


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Rathnashikamani on 07/03/2011

I never thought there would be some history for the stick horse!
This information is amazing!

WebWriter on 06/08/2011

OMG, I remember these from when I was a kid! With all these fancy games and toys on the market now, I'm surprised these are still around.

Dianne on 06/01/2011

I had a stick horse. I don't remember too much about it except that it was red.

Guest on 05/31/2011

I don't remember if the stick horse was mine or if it belonged to my brother, but I do know that we had one in my house when I was growing up. You're so right: they're great for kids' imaginations.

Jimmie on 05/31/2011

I did have a stick horse! Loved it.

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