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The Best Rocking Horse of 2020


Rocking horses have been around for centuries1 and provide benefits to children such as improving motor skills, building leg and core muscles, and providing a fun way to exercise2. Rocking horse toys can even be calming and comforting for children, including those with autism.3

Based on features, overall look, and average reviews, we recommend the B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra as the best rocking horse toy this year.

Best Rocking HorseWhy It's BestMom Rating
B. Toys Wooden Rocking ZebraClip-clop sound, Meets high safety standards, No batteries required, Fun design, No assembly, Soft and comfortable♥♥♥♥♥
B. Toys Loopsy Wooden Rocking SheepWooden handles and rockers, Natural "clip clop" sound, Plush feel, No batteries needed♥♥♥♥♥
Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking HorseSmall stuffed animal included, Made to last (high quality), Use of recyclable materials, Crinkle tail and mane, Removable foot plates♥♥♥♥
labebe Baby Rocking HorseAward-winning, Comfortable seat, Meets safety standards, Three-sided seat, Seatbelt, High quality♥♥♥♥
Little Tikes Rocking HorseIndoor/outdoor use, Curved bottom to prevent toppling, Made in the USA, High seat back, Lightweight, Alexa game option♥♥♥♥♥

The Best Rocking Horse Toys of 2020

B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra

B. toys by Battat Kazoo Wooden Rocking Zebra – Rodeo Rocker – Plush Ride On Zebra Rocking Horse for Toddlers and Babies 18m+, B. Rocking Zebra

The B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra is a plush and cozy rocking toy. It is designed for children ages 18 months – 5 years and is 13.5″ x 23.5″ x 18.25″ in size.

Designed as a rocking zebra, rather than a traditional horse, this rocking toy has a fun design that will capture a child’s attention right away. The soft cushion seat makes riding comfortable and the wide set of the rocker helps prevent toppling and flipping.

Inside the rocking zebra toy is a wooden ball that produces a trot-like “clip-clop” sound when rocking. This life-like sound will create a feeling in children that they are actually riding a horse (or zebra in this case). No assembly is required, which is a plus.

Our favorite part: The no-batteries clip-clop sound is a great feature.

B. toys by Battat Kazoo Wooden Rocking Zebra – Rodeo Rocker – Plush Ride On Zebra Rocking Horse for Toddlers and Babies 18m+, B. Rocking Zebra

Pros

  • Clip-clop sound
  • Meets high safety standards
  • No batteries required
  • Fun design
  • No assembly
  • Soft and comfortable

Cons

  • None

Overall

The B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra is comfortable, safe, and makes riding feel life-like with the addition of the natural clip-clop sound.

B. Toys Loopsy Wooden Rocking Sheep

Image of the B. Toys – Loopsy Wooden Rocking Sheep – Rodeo Rocker – Plush Ride On Sheep Rocking Horse for Toddlers & Babies 18M+, Multicolor

The B. Toys Loopsy Wooden Rocking Sheep is a kid-powered plush rocking toy. It is designed for ages 18 months – 5 years and is 13.5″ x 23.6″ x 18.25″ in size.

Inside the rocking sheep is a wooden ball that makes a “clip clop” sound mimicking a real horse trot which is lots of fun for children and their imaginations. The wooden handles and rockers give an authentic feel while the seat itself is soft and plush.

Parents love how comfy cozy this rocker is and the cute “clippity-clop” sound it makes. Since it is a kid-powered rocker, no batteries are needed!

Our favorite part: The soft and rounded design! 

B. Toys – Loopsy Wooden Rocking Sheep – Rodeo Rocker – Plush Ride On Sheep Rocking Horse for Toddlers & Babies 18M+, Multicolor

Pros

  • Wooden handles and rockers
  • Natural “clip clop” sound
  • Plush feel
  • No batteries needed

Cons

  • None

Overall

We couldn’t find one negative about super-soft the B. Toys Loopsy Wooden Rocking Sheep and we love the clip-clop sound so we must recommend this toy rocker!

Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking Horse

Image of the Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking Horse

The Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking Horse is an electronic-free wooden rocking horse built to encourage the imagination. It is created for ages 9 months – 2 years and is 13.8″ x 20.1″ x 25.1″ in size.

This rocking horse is set up with quality detail and features including a crinkle mane and tail, beautiful design and wooden rockers. For littles, there are wooden foot plates that can be used and then removed when the child gets older.

A little stuffed animal is included with this rocking horse and sits in a pocket on the side of the horse. Parents absolutely love this rocking horse toy and its well made long-lasting build making it a great family heirloom to pass down year after year.

Our favorite part: The high quality design and extra stuffed animal!

Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking Horse

Pros

  • Small stuffed animal included
  • Made to last (high quality)
  • Use of recyclable materials
  • Crinkle tail and mane
  • Removable foot plates

Cons

  • Pricey

Overall

The Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking Horse features great detail and quality making it a wonderful toy for years to come. We believe the price is worth the purchase.

lebebe Baby Rocking Horse

labebe - Baby Rocking Horse, Ride Unicorn, Kid Ride On Toy for 1-3 Year Old, Infant (Boy Girl) Plush Animal Rocker, Toddler/Child Stuffed Ride Toy (Pink)

The labebe Baby Rocking Horse is a safe starter rocking horse for kids. It is designed for children ages 1 year – 3 years and is 25″ x 12″ x 27″ in size.

This is a great rocking horse to accommodate younger toddlers and older toddlers so it’s perfect for families with multiple young children. The included three-sided seat with seatbelt is a safe way to play for all ages. A plush seat keeps everyone comfortable.

Parents rave about this rocking horse being fun, comfortable, and high quality to last years down the road.

Our favorite part: An included seatbelt for younger kids and safety!

labebe - Baby Rocking Horse, Ride Unicorn, Kid Ride On Toy for 1-3 Year Old, Infant (Boy Girl) Plush Animal Rocker, Toddler/Child Stuffed Ride Toy (Pink)

Pros

  • Award-winning
  • Comfortable seat
  • Meets safety standards
  • Three-sided seat
  • Seatbelt
  • High quality

Cons

  • Not gender-neutral

Overall

The award-winning labebe Baby Rocking Horse is a great starter rocking horse because it includes a three-sided seat and a seatbelt! 

Little Tikes Rocking Horse

Little Tikes Rocking Horse Magenta

The Little Tikes Rocking Horseis an indoor/outdoor rocking horse toy. It is designed for children 1 – 3 years and is 33″ x 10″ x 17.5″ in size.

This simple rocking horse is a classic one. The smooth plastic offers a comfortable ride for children and the deep seat and high back help keep them hanging on for the whole ride. Footrests are along the entire bottom of the horse, allowing flexibility for kids to place their feet wherever they want.

Since this rocking horse is lightweight, children are able to take it and place it wherever they want. It doesn’t look like a horse in comparison to many other rocking horses but it is durable yet fun. Also, with an Alexa-enabled Amazon device, your child can go on “adventures” with this rocking horse.

Our favorite part: Can be used both indoors and outdoors!

Little Tikes Rocking Horse Magenta

Pros

  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Curved bottom to prevent toppling
  • Made in the USA
  • High seat back
  • Lightweight
  • Alexa game option

Cons

  • Small
  • Not “horselike”

Overall

The Little Tikes Rocking Horse has a simple design but is durable and great for indoor and outdoor use at a good price.

Happy Trails Rocking Haley Horse Ride On

Image of the Happy Trails Rocking Haley Horse Ride On

The Happy Trails Rocking Haley Horse Ride On is a kid-powered rocking horse. It is designed for ages 2 – 3 years and is 28.5″ x 13.5″ W x 26.5″ H in size with a seat height of 17″.

This horse has a wooden core and rockers that are easy to assemble. Once assembled, it is sturdy for children to climb on and rock on their own. Whether boy or girl, this rocking horse is gender-neutral and a great gift for parents who may not know if they’re having a boy or girl yet.

Our favorite part: Sturdy and gender-neutral!

Parents have complained that this rocking horse is more suited for shorter children, otherwise, the horse can tip over easily. In addition, some buyers have received a differently style of rocker than what they ordered.

Pros

  • Wooden core and rockers
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to assemble
  • Gender-neutral
  • No batteries needed

Cons

  • No sound
  • May not get style ordered
  • For smaller children

Overall

The Happy Trails Rocking Haley Horse is a great gender neutral gift for younger kiddos!

Rockin’ Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On

Image of the Rockin' Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On

The Rockin’ Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On is a rocker and roller combo. It is designed for kids ages 1 – 3 years and is 23.5″ x 19″ x 10″ in size.

Pushing the left ear plays the “I’m a Little Pony” song and pushing the right ear plays sounds and six different phrases. As a plus, the horse’s mouth moves when “talking” and “singing!” Some parents find that the moving mouth is a little creepy. It does require 3 AA batteries but they are included with purchase.

To transition this horse from a rocker to a roller all you need to do is remove the base (no tools needed) and then pop back together when it’s time to rock again.

Our favorite part: The rocker and roller combo!

Rockin' Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On

Pros

  • Converts from rocker to roller
  • Plays phrases, sounds, and a song
  • Soft body
  • No tools needed
  • Adjustable volume 

Cons

  • Music/phrases may sound fuzzy
  • Smaller than expected

Overall

Younger children won’t get bored with this Rockin’ Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On but older children may outgrow it fast.

Animal Adventure Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker

Image of the Animal Adventure | Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker | White and Pink Unicorn | Perfect for Ages 3+

The Animal Adventure Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker is a unicorn rocker with movable reins. It is designed for kids ages 3 – 8 years and is 28″ x 12″ x 22″ in size.

Pink details and usable reins make this rocking horse toy quite appealing to little ones. While the rocking horse isn’t gender-neutral, there are a variety of other rocking animal options that Animal Adventure provides.

Parents love that they can pull this rocker right out of the box without having to assemble anything. It is lightweight so it’s easy for kids to pick up and move around but also makes it easy for children to tip the rocker if they are rocking hard.

Our favorite part: The fluffy and fun hair detail!

Animal Adventure | Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker | White and Pink Unicorn | Perfect for Ages 3+

Pros

  • Movable reins
  • Cute details and hair
  • No assembly
  • Lightweight for moving easily

Cons

  • Not good for hard rockers 
  • May be too small for tall or larger kids
  • Horse isn’t gender-neutral

Overall

The Animal Adventure Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker arrives at your doorstep completely assembled! While it’s designed for older children, it’s light weight may make it easy to flip if rocking hard.

Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse

Image of the Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse

The Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse is an interactive rocking horse with sound! It is designed for ages 2 – 6 years and is 36″ x 41″ x 21″ in size.

While rocking on this horse, children not only get to experience three modes of riding (walking, trotting, galloping) but the horse produces related sounds for each riding mode. In addition, when children “feed” the included carrot toy to the horse, it makes an “eating” noise.

Children can easily get up onto the horse and back down on either side with the climb step. For protection, the springs come with coverings on them so no worrying about legs getting pinched.

Our favorite part: All the riding and eating sounds!

Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse

Pros

  • 3 modes of riding (walk, trot, gallop)
  • Sounds of riding
  • Comb and carrot included
  • Eating sounds
  • Climb step included
  • Covers over springs

Cons

  • 3 AA batteries required
  • Pricey
  • Assembly may be difficult

Overall

There are many great features of the Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse; we think it’s worth the buy!

Step2 Patches the Rocking Horse

Image of the Step2 Patches the Rocking Horse

The Step2 Patches the Rocking Horse is a budget-friendly rocking horse toy. It is designed for children 12 – 30 months and is 11″ x 25.5″ x 17.25″ in size.

Unlike some rocking horse toys, the Step2 rocking horse offers a contoured seat to help kids stay in place comfortably when rocking. The horse comes with easy-grip handle covers that must be put on, in addition to the stickers, once unboxed.

With it being lightweight, children are able to easily pull this horse around and move when needed. Some parents feel that the quality is not great but for the price, it’s a great rocking horse toy.

Our favorite part: It’s made in the USA and sold at a great price.

Step2  Patches the Rocking Horse

Pros

  • Great price
  • Contoured seat
  • Lightweight
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Handle and sticker application
  • Quality

Overall

The Step2 Patches the Rocking Horse is a good, inexpensive rocking horse choice for little ones.

Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony

Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony with Realistic Sounds - Brown

The Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony is a light rocking horse that can hold a hefty weight! It is designed for kids ages 2 – 4 years and is 23″ x 18″ x 12″ in size.

From an appearance standpoint, this horse is soft with a fluffy mane and tail which is appealing to the eyes. Wooden rockers and handlebars create a classic rocking horse look. With a push of the ear, children are able to hear this rocking horse neigh and gallop. It does require 2 AA batteries but they are included with purchase.  

This Qaba rocking horse is lightweight but says it can hold up to 130 lbs., which is quite a bit more weight than most rocking horse toys. Some parents feel the horse feels cheaply made and that it won’t last long.

Our favorite part: Soft fur and hair!

Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony with Realistic Sounds - Brown

Pros

  • Sounds (neighing, galloping)
  • Soft riding saddle
  • 130 lb weight limit
  • Movable reins

Cons

  •  Questionable longevity/quality

Overall

The appearance of the Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony is done well and the electronic sounds are a plus.

Buying Considerations for Rocking Horses

Don’t let an adorable pony face trick you into buying the wrong thing. Here are some things to consider when purchasing a rocking horse toy:

Age

What age is the rocking horse toy for?

A younger child may benefit from a three-sided seat and seatbelt like lebebe Baby Rocking Horse offers.

On the other hand, an older child may enjoy a taller and more mature looking rocking horse such as the Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse.

In addition, it’s good to keep in mind how your child plays based on their age.

An older child may play “rougher” on a rocking horse causing the horse to flip easily. Purchasing a rocking horse with a long bottom like the Little Tikes Rocking Horse can help prevent toppling.

Height

It’s a good idea to measure your child’s height to compare it to the rocking horse height that you’re considering purchasing. This will ensure that the rocking horse you purchase is not only going to fit your child but will hopefully offer a little room to allow your child to grow with it too.

Gender

Some of the rocking horse toys listed above are aimed for specific genders.

Are you buying for someone who is expecting a baby but doesn’t know if they’re having a boy or girl yet? Purchasing a gender-neutral rocking horse, such as the B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra is a great choice.

Sounds

Some rocking horses not only offer a great riding time but electronic sounds such as neighing and galloping as well. This is either an added plus or an annoyance. Keep in mind if this is what you’re looking for as your shop.

Batteries may need to be purchased separately for certain rocking horses.

Longevity/Quality

A quality-made sturdy rocking horse is certainly going to last year upon year.

Are you looking for something that you want to pass down or be a family heirloom? Consider purchasing a well-crafted rocking horse such as the Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Rocking Horse

Assembly 

Some rocking horses do require assembly once they’ve arrived.  If you’re looking for a no-assembly type rocking horse, keep this in mind when deciding on what to purchase.

A rocking horse such as the Animal Adventure Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker arrives in one piece so no assembly is required.

Active Play

An active child may enjoy riding their rocking horse toy all over the place.

Purchasing a rocking horse such as the Little Tikes Rocking Horse will allow your active child to rock and play whether indoor or outdoor alongside their playhouse.

Seating

Is a rocking horse with a comfortable plush seat important to you? If so, keep this in mind when purchasing a rocking horse.

A rocking toy such as the B. Toys Loopsy Rocking Sheep offers a soft place to sit whereas the Step2 Patches the Rocking Horse offers a smooth plastic feel.

Another buying consideration with the seating is how easy it may be to clean if it gets dirty. A soft plush seat is comfortable and cozy but is more difficult to clean and may stain.

On the other hand, a plastic or wooden seat will be easier to wipe and clean if it gets dirty.

FAQs About Rocking Horses

What age is good for a rocking horse?

Many rocking horses are designed for children that are at least 1 year of age and can be used up to 4-6 years of age depending on the horse’s weight max. Younger children may need supervision when riding a rocking horse if it does not come with a seatbelt. 

Are rocking horses dangerous?

Most modern rocking horses are designed to meet safety standards to keep children safe as they ride. The bodies are typically lightweight so there is no risk of a heavy toy falling onto a child.

Also, many rocking horse toys are created to reduce the chance of them flipping when being rocked.

A rocking horse such as the lebebe Baby Rocking Horse includes a seatbelt and a three-sided seat for extra safety precautions.

Can the rocking horse be used indoor and outdoor?

An all-plastic rocking horse is typically safe to be used indoor or outdoor since it can be rained on without rusting or ruining fabric.

A good example of this is the Little Tikes Rocking Horse.

Will the rocking horse be hard to assemble?

Rocking horses with springs or more parts may require moderate-to-difficult assembly, such as the Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse.

Many rocking horses either arrive assembly-free or are quick and easy to put together.

Does the rocking horse make any sounds?

Some rocking horses are designed with buttons to push that produce neighing and/or galloping sounds. Some even play songs or phrases like the Rockin’ Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On.

There are also rocking horses that make sounds naturally, like the B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra that has a wooden ball inside it that makes a clip-clop sound when being rocked. These, of course, do not require batteries like the latter.

What age is the rocking horse suited for?

Here is a breakdown of each rocking horse listed above and the recommended age:

  • Animal Adventure Real Wood Ride-On Plush Rocker: 3 – 8 years
  • B. Toys Loopsy Wooden Rocking Sheep: 18 months – 5 years
  • B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra: 18 months – 5 years
  • Happy Trails Rocking Haley Horse: 2 – 3 years
  • labebe Baby Rocking Horse: 1 – 3 years
  • Little Bird Told Me Winston & Red Riding Horse: 9 months – 2 years
  • Little Tikes Rocking Horse: 1 – 3 years
  • Radio Flyer Chestnut Plush Interactive Riding Horse: 2 – 6 years
  • Rockin’ Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On: 1 – 3 years
  • Step2 Patches the Rocking Horse: 12 – 30 months
  • Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony: 2 – 4 years

Wrap Up

Rocking horses have been a classic toy for years and remain a fun way for kids to use their imagination and enjoy riding a “horse” or other animals! Rocking horse toys are also wonderful things to pass down in the family and hold as a family heirloom as the years pass by.

Based on colorful and bright esthetics, quality features and parent reviews, we recommend the B. Toys Wooden Rocking Zebra as the best rocking horse toy of 2020.

Sources

1http://rockinghorses.com/rocking-horses/history-rocking-horses.php
2
http://facesofchildabuse.org/blog/wonderful-facts-about-toddler-rocking-horse-toys/

3
https://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/wooden-rocking-horses.html

Morgan French
Morgan French
I'm a wife and a mom to two littles (one boy, one girl) and previous owner of an in-home childcare business. Although born and raised in Ohio, I'm currently bouncing around the US with my family for my husband's job. I enjoy writing, coffee, board games, and music.

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