A naturally aged Rubber Hobby horse

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

When I was pulling into Eileens yard delivering a pink Bouganvillea,...I turned in and looked to the right and thought to myself, "Wow, is that a cool old marble horse!"

I knocked on the door and Eillen answered and I dragged the Bouganvillea off the truck and placed it where She wanted it.
She showed me around her little gardens and showed me some of her favorite things. The horse was never mentioned somehow.

As I was opening the door of my truck and saying goodbye, Eillen said to me, "Wait David, I want you to have something. It would look much better in your gardens..."

I followed her to the middle of her yard and thought she was going to give me one of her spinning flowers or little plastic animals, or maybe a cutting I was thinking... and she went straight to the horse that I thought was marble and said "I want you to have this. I instantly new what it was on closer inspection. "I love this horse Eileen, it is special. Thank you so very much!"

Eileen is in her Eighties, and She told me that the horse had been in Her yard at least 30 years. The spotting and markings are 100% nature-made!

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Newark, DE

Wow David what nice gift! Who would have thought the plastic would have weathered to look like marble? Very cool.

I used to have one of these when I was young. It was a Palomino color with a dark brown saddle and the shape was much like yours. I loved it. Mom said when I was 2-3 I would put my cowboy holsters on with the "guns" in them and climb aboard. They'd ask me what I was doing and I am told I answered "I'm going down the road to shoot wooly worms". Now I have no idea why I said that, because I always liked wooly worms (wooly bear caterpillars), but that was my "plan". He was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it for years.

Too bad kids can't have them today. OSHA would have a fit. There would have to be a special seat instead of a saddle, with seat belts and a shoulder harness to prevent falls. Most likely some type of neck and head support would be required too, like the NASCAR - Hans Device. It would be unable to bounce and rock because they couldn't allow the springs it was suspended on in case some dumb kid might somehow stick a finger in there and get hurt. Oh wait, probably not plastic either because it could break into shards and might cut a child. Let's see it was also suspended from a light weight metal stand. Now, it would probably need to be a strong metal like chrome moly with a high tensile strength, to prevent any possibility of collapse or overturning....

The gooberment sure wouldn't allow them to have holsters with metal "pistols" that looked like Wyatt Earp's Colts either! They might grow up and watch violent video games everyday, for hours on end, act up and get prescribed SSRI drugs because parents aren't allowed to discipline them and go shoot someone so they could blame a gun instead of the real problem!!!

Yeah.....right.....how did we survive? Things are so much "better" these days....


DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

That was a very interesting story you have just shared with me Debbie. Seriously.

I appreciated it much, and it seems much you say rings TRUE! Loved the last statement;..."How did we survive?!"

Ha! You brought a smile to my face... Thank you, David

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

David,, I love the horse. My neighbor has one sitting in their burn pile. I really need to go get it. Before they actually burn it.

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

My great children have one and its not old or was kept inside. Unfortunately theres has to be outside and everyt ime I take care of them they ride it. Yes they can get hurt but they can get hurt on anything. I had one for my kids many years ago and one of my girls used to ride it so hard it would bounce across the room. It was upstairs in their playroom so I allways knew what they were doing cause you sure could hear the horse.

Now kids want real horses and we had one here for my oldest son when he was about 12. I wasn't a good rider and she knew she could throw me just by turning sharp. He paid for it and enjoyed it for 6 years until he found out there were girls in the world. He is 52 now and still remembers his horse.

What are you going to do with such a wonderful gift? Those heavy plastic horses have been around for eons and so loved and enjoyed. Got a kick out of lovetopaints osha description. I'm surprised they haven't taken them off the market for being dangerous. LOL


(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Mud Elf, are you kidding??? GO nab it quick! Then ask to purchase it from the neighbor, but rescue first, ask questions later!!!

I've been looking to purchase one used so it too can become a piece of garden art. Unfortunately the ones I have found start at $45 and I can't afford that.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Will get it in the morning.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Can't wait to see pictures of your rescue horse Kris /Mud Elf.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Me too since stupid phone will not post the pictures.... Sigh.. no internet here on the hill.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Love the horse. I'm thinkin if one found a horse and did not want to wait 30 yrs, one could spray paint it with canned spray paint that looks like stone. I have some, somewhere, been thinking of repainting our plastic fountain with it,

Newark, DE

You're welcome. I am glad I brought you a smile. That was the intent. I try to go through life seeing the funny side of things even if the subject might make me angry.

MudElf - You better beat feet over there and get that pony before it gallops away! Looking forward to your picture too.

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

Have to agree with lovetopaint about the restrictions that probably would be put on those great horses, if they could get away with it. My boys had one and enjoyed it so much. NOW I wish I had saved it. MudElf, hope you got that horse before the trash man does!! Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

I'm keeping it just the way it is Bonnie. I wipe a little low sheen Armoral on it a couple of times a year to help keep it a little longer.

I am looking forward to seeing the pic's too Kris when you can. Thank you.

Great idea Dillans Nana!

Yes! You were right about getting over there fast and getting it! Maybe Kris will be sharing it with someone else like Eileen did 30 years or so from now!

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Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Thanks DavidofDeland.........................Occasionally I come up with a bright idea, only wish I would put them into action more often!!....LOL

Englewood, FL

David, you lucky dog, I used to do lawn & landscaping work & all I ever got was a rusty patio table & bench. Question-- your subject line says "Rubber Horse", it looks like plastic.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

It's that soft rubbery plastic thing they were made of back then. Kind of squissey and soft like rubber when new? (Hard like plastic when old?)

Thats likely why our teeth didn't get knocked out way back then!.....Ha! Thanks Ifantail! Just wake up one morning and say to yourself,..." I'm gonna' pull that paint out and do it!"

Dillan's Nana,

Wake up some morning and say to yourself,..."I'm gonna' pull that paint I have and do it!"

Plenty of time before Spring!

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Got the horse.. just need to get the pictures now.

Englewood, FL

I had a lawn service customer that would take one of these hobby horses stick a pole thru the center mount the pole to a stand & repainted it to look like a merry-go-round ride, he sold these for $150. to $200.

Newark, DE


Excellent idea! I'd love to do that for myself! Hmmmm....now to Craig's List....

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