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Our goal is to gather everything about hobby horses in one place.

We offer our free hobby horse template for download that will help you create your very own hobby horse.

We collect all the best hobby horses that you can buy from the stores.

We help you with information on how to organize your very own hobby horse competition.

And much more!

Free Hobby Horse Pattern

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Hobby Horses Competitions

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Find hobby horse competitions and read about the rules in hobby horsing.

Common questions

We have answered some common questions about hobby horses.

What is a hobby horse?

A hobby horse is a toy horse either made at home or by a manufacturer that sells them in stores.

A hobby horse consists of two parts, the head, and the body. The horse’s head is usually made of stuffed fabric and the body consists of a wooden stick. On stick horses for smaller children there sometimes is a wheel at the bottom of the stick for easier handling.

The hobby horse often has the same equipment as a real horse. Stick horses that are bought from shops often come with reins, bridles, halter shafts, etc.

For home-made hobby horses, you can either buy ready-made accessories such as bridles, reins, and halter shafts or make your own.

It was originally mostly used for play, but the hobby horse movement has grown and now resembles a real sport.

You can compete with your stick horse in the same disciplines as real equestrian sports such as horse jumping, dressage, and field competition.

Why is a hobby horse called a hobby horse?

It is also commonly called stick horses or referred to as a horse on a stick.

The name Hobby horse is today the most used name for the toy/sport and describes well that it is more than just a toy. It’s a hobby and even a sport.

If you are interested in reading more about the origins of hobby horses, you can read more on this Wikipedia page.

What age is a hobby horse for?

Stick horses are most common among younger children up to teenagers.

We do not want to put any age limit on who should engage with hobby horses.

For small toddlers, a hobby horse can be a very nice interior detail in the children’s room.

We have a 2.5-year-old daughter who has ridden her hobby horse since she could walk and a 12-year-old who sews her own.

There is a risk that children in their teens will find other interests or find it embarrassing to engage in hobby horses.

At the same time, there are many adults who sew their own horses and even compete with them.

Is hobby horse a real thing?

Of course, hobby horses are a real thing! Unfortunately, it is perceived by many as something ridiculous or quirky.

In reality, it is both an extremely active and creative hobby.

You get both the chance to be creative and make your own hobby horses and their accessories. Here you learn skills such as sewing carpentry and handicrafts.

Then when you ride your hobby horses, you or your children come out outdoors and can either jump at full speed over jumping obstacles or take an outdoor ride in nature.

The sport is also very accessible to everyone. In real equestrian sports, you need large sums of money to even be able to participate.

Even if you do not have your own horse and only ride at a riding school, it will be a relatively large cost every month.

In the hobby horse sport, the only thing you really need to get started is a stick horse for $ 10-30.

Is hobby horse a sport?

Yes it is! Hobby horse competitions are organized around the world and you can compete in jumping, dressage, and field competitions just like in regular equestrian sports.

However, many would probably argue against it and say that it is not a sport at all.

If we are going to go into details, we would need to define the word “sport”. What are the requirements for something to be called a sport? and so on.

Here is an article from Forbes that goes into the details of this topic.

However, we feel confident to call it a sport!

Is a hobby horse a bicycle?

No! It is not a bicycle, although we can understand the confusion.

A stick horse can not be driven mechanically in any way. The only way to ride a stick horse is to hold it between your legs and walk or run forward with your own legs.

A Ponycycle, on the other hand, is more like a bicycle that looks like a horse.