So, the stuffed unicorn that my niece inherited from me is on her last hoof. My niece needs a replacement - she will turn 3 in about two months. She will likely want to sleep with the horse and attempt to carry it everywhere, so these need to be taken into consideration. So far, this is what I found - thoughts, opinions and ideas are welcome!
A real pony would be nice, but way over my budget! I would have to work on how much my brother would be willing to pay for said pony AND keeping said pony (he's to practical for me to be able to sneak a pony without the feeding issue being addressed). Something better addressed when she's riding regularly and asking for one every other day.
The one we have came from Costco, but I think they only carry them around the holidays. But we actually "rescued" ours, it had been taken to the dump, and at the local farmer's market they had a "stuff people take to the dump that is perfectly good" day, and "patch" was there. All the things were to be taken to a local thrift store the following Monday, and so Monday morning bright and early, we bought patch for $10! All that was wrong with her was that she needed a little sewing! But it's held up really well, and my 130lb self has sat on it and it was fine.
The fur real pony (your last link) is made of hard plastic covered in fur. They are really cool, but not really that durable, drag around the house wise, and i dont think it it would be that comfortable to share a bed with.
They are really fun though haha, I used to work in a toy store and we had a demo
When I was little I had this HUGE white circus horse plush that had a saddle and bridle and such. It was in a laying down position, but the head was in the position it would be if you were riding. There was no wood frame or anything, so it wasn't too heavy, and there was nothing that a kid could really hurt them selves on. It was actually really pretty, the circus horse tack was really decorative and neat. It was a good size for kids to ride on. If I recall properly, my Grandma bought it for me at Toys R Us, and I think that the brand was "Animal Alley". It was like 11- ish years ago, and I'm not sure if they still make them, but its worth looking for. It was a fantastic toy!
clearly shows a larger child able to sit on it, and there are saddles etc available...
Didn't see that one, thanks!
Cindyg - her parents may disagree with you....they are not horse people - my brother is not an animal person at all and my sister-in-law is scared of them. My brother DID say he would prefer to have a horse instead of a dog (you can board a horse out, no hair inside, not getting up every morning to take care of it, no worries if you travel).